Quick purple-face pic, taken by the boy.
After a few days of super painful nursing (just on the right side) I started to realize it wasn't going away on its own and that I needed some intervention.
At first I thought I had a blocked duct, or possibly the beginning of mastitis, but after another day I'm more convinced that it may be thrush (sharp glass/razor pain in nipple while nursing) -- now we've got the gentian violet all over my nipples and Gretchen's mouth and my fingers are crossed that things start to feel better.
On Monday I'll be giving our doctor a call if I'm still in pain -- I'd be so upset if this was the thing to ruin our breastfeeding relationship. Right now the pain on my right side is so terrible I'm getting anxious about her even nursing on that side.
So, friends, please keep your fingers crossed and feel free to pass on any coping tips if you know of any!