Eczema on breasts - I'm losing my mind!


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I don't know how much longer I can take this. Since ds2 was about 4 months old, I have had horrible eczema on my nipples and breasts. I don't even know what to do anymore. I broke down and tried steroid creams, and it will go away, but then after a day or two of nursing, it's back, especially in the morning after he's been nursing all night. Plus, I have to wipe off the steroid cream before he nurses, and he inevitably always wants to nurse within minutes of me putting it on. The wetness of him nursing is irritating it really badly. I have tried using some sort of a barrier - lansinoh is irritating, so I tried vaseline. It kind of helps, but it's just not possible to always slather a layer of vaseline on before he nurses.

I am scratching so badly that I'm breaking the skin, and I'm in agony. It's the first time since I've had kids that I've thought about using formula, but I just can't bring myself to do it. None of the doctors or lactation consultants I've seen are able to help. Any ideas?