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Effath Yasmin My baby is three months old. While I have managed to set a routine when it comes to nursing, I’ve noticed that he’s constantly falling asleep at the breast within the first five minutes of his feed. I’m worried that he’s not feeding enough. He wakes up very often for milk but is almost asleep as soon as he begins feeding. Moreover, my nipples are pink. They hurt between feeds and I feel a shooting pain in my breasts. I’m concerned that my baby is not getting his fill, my breasts are sore and nursing has become a discomfort. Please advise me. KAVYA THAKUR, KOLHAPUR Dear Kavya, Thank you for writing to Mother & Baby. I understand your concern but let me applaud you for your dedication. Your baby is blessed to have a mother like you; someone determined to provide the best nutrition, despite the clear struggle. The initial days after birth can be very overwhelming. It’s perfectly normal to feel exhausted to a point that the entire experience is tough on you. From what I understand about your particular problem, these are all symptoms of thrush, an infection caused by the overgrowth of fungus that is naturally present in our bodies. The fungus can easily get transmitted from your baby’s mouth to your nipple and back, making it difficult to go away. Moreover, it can spread to all members of the family and will sometimes need treatment for all in close proximity.