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thrush on nipples?

Posted by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 5:09 PM
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Has anyone had this and what were your "symptoms"?


breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, anti-cio, homemade baby food making  mommy to aiden robert!

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ShapesCV
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

oh yeah... burning sensation during and in between feedings (feels liks shards of glass are trying to get through your nipples), pain while showering, hurts to wear a shirt... sound familiar?

fluffmom23
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Sharp pains during let down and in between feeds.

I caught it before it got too bad... I suggest if you are thinking you may have it, take care of it NOW before nursing gets very painful! Some people have stopped breastfeeding because they were in so much pain! Thank goodness it didn't get that bad for me!


Michelle
Breastfeeding (dairy-free), Cloth Diapering Mom to Nat and Jake


NewMom333
by Member on Oct. 23, 2008 at 6:31 PM

OMG I have it on my nipples and my son has it in his mouth now for 1.5 months!! I have tried their medicine and i have done the grapefruit seed extract with baking soda nothing is working! Anyways, it feels like a burning and sharp pain combined. When he first latches on it hurts the worst but after a bit its not too bad... let me know if anything you try works!

erinstar
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 7:10 PM


Quote: askdrsears re: CANDIDA (YEAST OR THRUSH) INFECTION ON NIPPLES

Candida (also called yeast, monilla or thrush) is a fungus that thrives in warm, dark, moist environments, such as the mucus membranes of the mouth and vagina, the diaper area, skin folds, bra pads, and on persistently wet nipples.

Suspect candida as the cause of your sore nipples if:
  • Your nipples are extremely sore, burning, itching, red, or blistery.
  • You experience shooting pains in your breasts during or just after feeding (especially during your milk ejection reflex).
  • The usual remedies for sore nipples aren't working.
  • Baby has oral thrush (white, cottage-cheese-like patches on the tongue and sides of the mouth) and/or a yeasty diaper rash.
  • Your nipples suddenly become sore after a period of pain-free breastfeeding.
  • You are taking, or have just finished taking, a course of antibiotics. Yeast infections are common following antibiotic treatment.

Here are some simple suggestions that may help prevent a yeast infection on your nipples, or cure a mild case of yeast infection:

  • Yeast organisms hate sunlight, so give your bra and breasts a sun bath. Expose your nipples to sunlight for several minutes several times a day. After washing them, dry your bras in the sunlight.
  • Air-dry your nipples after each feeding
  • Avoid plastic-lined breast pads that irritate skin and trap leaked milk.
  • Change nursing pads after each feeding.
  • Wear 100 percent cotton bras and wash them daily in very hot water.
  • Thoroughly wash pump parts that come in contact with your breasts in a bleach solution and boil them in water for five minutes daily.
TREATING CANDIDA: INFECTION OF THE NIPPLE

If the simple home remedies listed above don't bring relief, consult your healthcare provider about the following treatments:

  • Apply an antifungal cream (mycostatin, clotrimazole, myconazole) to your nipples as suggested or prescribed by your doctor.
  • If you have a candida infection in your nipples, baby should be treated for thrush even if you can't see any white patches in the mouth. Your healthcare provider will prescribe an oral antifungal suspension that should be painted on baby's tongue, roof, and sides of the mouth three or four times a day for a couple of weeks.
  • If baby has a candida diaper rash, treat it with an over-the-counter antifungal cream.
  • Eat lots of yogurt (the kind with live active cultures) and take oral acidophilus. This encourages good bacteria to live in your gut and discourages the growth of yeast.
  • If the candida is resistant to the standard treatments described above, in consultation with your healthcare provider, try a 0.25 - 0.5 percent solution of gentian violet applied to your nipples twice a day for three days. Gentian violet is effective, but messy. Also, apply a small amount once a day to baby's mouth, but be aware that overuse of gentian violet may irritate the sensitive oral mucus membranes of baby's mouth. Apply Vaseline to baby's lips before using the gentian violet to avoid purple stains.
  • Warning - gentian violet has been used for many years to treat thrush. A recent study done in Australia has linked gentian violet to cancer of the mouth. However, many other professionals around the world believe that it is safe, and continue to recommend it. For this reason, we suggest you use this remedy sparingly, and for as little time as possible.

     

  • If your baby has thrush but your nipples are not yet sore, apply the prescribed medicine to baby's mouth just before feeding so that your nipples get the preventive benefit of the medication as well.
  • If your healthcare provider advises you to wash the creams off your nipples prior to breastfeeding, do so gently with warm water.
  • While nursing on a candida-infected nipple can be exquisitely painful, it is necessary to keep the affected breast empty to prevent mastitis, or even a candida infection deeper into the breast tissue. Pay particular attention to proper latch-on and easing your baby off your nipples at the end of the feeding, since infected nipples are more sensitive and prone to injury from improper sucking patterns.

Yeast infections can be very persistent. Use the full course of medication suggested by your doctor, and continue using the home remedies for several weeks so that the infection will not reoccur.

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m131
by Member on Oct. 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Well I haven't really had any pain but my son is 6 1/2 months old and here lately my nipples have been really sore and raw like they were in the beginning and his eating habits haven't changed any so I'm not really sure whats going on. Oh and they have also been itchy..

 


breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby-wearing, anti-cio, homemade baby food making  mommy to aiden robert!

cali4niachef
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 7:28 PM

you don't have to have ANY symptoms to have thrush. both my son and I had NO symptoms except for a crack that wouldn't heal.

this is the most comphrensive info on thrush i've found.

 

Could We Have Thrush?

Definition

Thrush to indicate that within the baby's mouth and yeast to indicate that on the mother's nipples or within her breast is a fungus that thrives on milk on the nipples, in the milk ducts, and in the baby's mouth. Thrush and yeast can both be present in non-lactating women and men, too. The medical term for this condition is candidiasis.

 

Predisposing Risk Factors for Yeast

All of the following have been known to increase mother's and baby's risks for yeast:

  • Vaginal yeast infection in the mother either during pregnancy or shortly before or during time that other yeast symptoms occur. Mothers who have a history of frequent vaginal yeast infections are also more vulnerable.
  • Antibiotics administered to the mother during pregnancy, during labor and delivery, or shortly before or during the time that yeast symptoms occur. Please note that antiobiotics are always administered when a cesearean section is performed or when GB Strep is diagnosed or is being treated preventatively prior to delivery. A history of long-term or frequent antibiotic use in the mother is also a predisposing factor for yeast.
  • Antibiotics administered to the baby
  • Long term or frequent use of steroids in either mother or baby
  • Nipple trauma such as cracks. The breakdown of the skin allows for the entrance of yeast as well as bacteria. Cracking is not normal. This type of nipple trauma should be addressed quickly by a lactation consultant.
  • Maternal use of oral contraceptives containing estrogen
  • Allowing damp nursing pads or bras to stay up against nipple tissue for long periods of time
  • Using plastic lined nursing pads which prevent good air flow to the nipple area
  • Pacifier use in the baby
  • Excessive consumption of dairy products, artificial sweeteners, or sweets in the mother
  • Diabetes in the mother
  • Anemia in the mother

Signs and Symptoms

In mother:

  • intense nipple or breast pain that occurs from birth, lasts throughout the feeding, or is not improved with better latch-on and positioning
  • sudden onset of nipple pain after a period of pain-free nursing
  • cracked nipples
  • nipples that are itchy and/or burning and that may appear pink or red, shiny, or flaky and/or have a rash and tiny blisters; nipples may also appear normal
  • shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding if the yeast has invaded the milk ducts
  • nipple or breast pain with correct use of an automatic electric breastpump
  • a vaginal yeast infection

In baby:

  • diaper rash that does not respond to typical rash ointments
  • creamy white patches that cannot be wiped off on the inside of the mouth, along the inside of the gums, inside of the cheeks, roof of mouth, throat, or tongue
  • a shiny or "mother of pearl" look on the inside of the mouth
  • breast refusal, pulling off breast, or a reluctance to nurse due to mouth soreness
  • repeated clicking during nursing
  • excessive gassiness due to the yeast's invasion of the gut
  • The baby may also be without visible symptoms.

How Diagnosis Is Made

There really isn't a definitive way to diagnose yeast in the mother. Often it is visible in the baby's mouth but may not always be so obvious, as in a persistent click, repeated pulling off the breast, or excessive gassiness. Diagnosis is best made after taking a thorough history of both mother and baby. If there are things in the history that predisposed the nursing couple to yeast and there are symptoms consistent with yeast it is appropriate to begin treatment. If the mother and/or baby begin to respond to yeast treatment then the diagnosis is confirmed. Treating with yeast medications, especially those that are topical, usually cannot hurt and can only help if yeast is suspected. If symptoms do not respond to treatment within 4 days, the treatment should be reevaluated. Failure to improve with aggressive treatment requires a look at possible other causes. Sometimes a bacterial infection can be present either alone or with yeast.

Courses of Treatment

Please be advised that some doctors will not treat mother and baby simultaneously if one is free of symptoms. However, the breastfeeding literature states that this is crucial to complete healing. Not doing so increases the risk of reinfection.

Treatment in both mother and baby should continue for at least 1-2 weeks after all symptoms are gone. All of the following remedies are considered compatible with breastfeeding and do not necessitate any cessation of the nursing relationship.

When yeast is ductal, causing shooting or stabbing pains within the breast, often topical treatments (those applied to the nipple area) do not penetrate well enough to affect the overgrowth of yeast in the ducts. Almost always, systemic (the entire body) treatment with an oral medication/supplement is necessary. Occasionally, treatment with Gentian Violet (see below) will reach the milk ducts.

Nystatin:

If you or your infant contract thrush and present yourself to your Pediatrician, you are likely to be sent home with a prescription for Nystatin. It is the most commonly used medication when dealing with thrush. There is a liquid medication for giving to the baby, and a cream that can be placed on your nipples. Other treatments used are Gentian Violet and Diflucan.

Many physicians will prescribe oral Nystatin drops as the first course of treatment for the baby's mouth. This should be done even if the baby is asymptomatic and the mother is showing symptoms to prevent cross contamination. Half the dosage should be dropped into each side of the baby'mouth after a feeding so that the medication is not washed away with nursing. A cotton swab may be used to apply the medication to the other areas of the mouth using care not to insert a swab back into the bottle that has touched the baby's mouth. A clean swab should be used each time it's necessary to dip into the bottle or a small amount may first be poured out into a cup and any amount left over discarded after that application. The medication should be applied after all daytime feedings. The directions that come with the prescription may say to only use the Nystatin four times a day, but because yeast grows back in about 90 minutes, it is important to apply the Nystatin much more often than this.

For mother Nystatin cream may be recommended first. The doctor can prescribe this as well. It should be rubbed into the nipples and areolae after every feeding once the area has been rinsed with cool water and pat dried. It does not need to be washed off before nursing. Nystatin pills are sometimes recommended if symptoms still persist after a full course of treatment lasting two weeks or if a secondary yeast infection of the milk ducts causing shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding is present.

My reservations with beginning with the above medications are that the Nystatin liquid contains sugar to make it palatable enough that baby will swallow it. However, yeast feeds on sugar. This may be the reason why it is often not effective. Gentian Violet is effective, but stains skin purple for several days. I have some lovely photos of my twins with purple faces! Diflucan is very effective, but can cause intestinal distress in mom and/or baby. For these reasons, I prefer to begin with Grapefruit Seed Extract as the first line of defense. I have found that the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract as recommended almost always brings rapid relief and an elimination of the yeast imbalance.

All Purpose Nipple Ointment:

This nipple ointment formula was developed by Dr. Jack Newman. It consists of two antifungals, an antibiotic, and a steroid. The three ingredients are mixed (compounded) together by a pharmacist to make a cream. This cream is then applied to the nipples after each feeding once the nipples have been rinsed with cool water and pat dry. A doctor will need to call this in as a prescription. The ingredients are as follows:

  • 100, 000 units/ml Nystatin (15 grams)
  • 0.1 % Betamethasone (15 grams)
  • 2% Mupirocin ointment (15 grams)
  • 10% Clotrimazole (vaginal ointment) (15 grams)

Some pharmacies do not stock the Clotrimazole and if this is the case, it is the one ingredient that can be left out if necessary.

APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment) works especially well with Gentian Violet (see below). It can be applied after all feedings except the one when the Gentian Violet is used.

Acidophilus:

Acidophilus is the good bacteria that normally lives in the body keeping the overgrowth of yeast in check. Adding more of this to the diet when yeast is present or preventatively when antibiotics must be taken is an effective way to regrow the good bacteria. Because it does not kill yeast it is not an overnight treatment but a very important part of total treatment.

Acidophilus can be purchased at most drugstores. Some pharmacists refrigerate it so it may be necessary to ask for it. While taking antibiotics or while treating yeast, the dosage is two capsules three separate times a day. Acidophilus may also be given to the baby at one capsule three times a day. The capsule can be broken open and the baby allowed to suck it off a clean finger or it can be put into the baby's food. It should be taken while on antibiotic therapy and for 1-2 weeks thereafter. If using during an active yeast infection, it should be taken for 1-2 weeks after all symptoms are gone.

 

 

 

 

 

~ Cindy
(mama to Reed and Jonas, childbirth junkie, coffee addict, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and aspiring midwife)

"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte, A Good Birth, A Safe Birth

cali4niachef
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Garlic Supplements:
Garlic is known to be a powerful yeast fighter. Consider adding 4-6 capules/tablets of odorless garlic to your diet during a yeast outbreak and for 1-2 weeks after all symptoms are gone (see "Pat Gima's Yeast Treatment Plan" below for brand suggestions).

Echinacea:
Echinacea is an immune system boosting herb. When there is a yeast overgrowth the immune system is somewhat compromised. Consider adding this herb to your diet during a yeast infection and for 1-2 weeks after all symptoms are gone (see "Pat Gima's Yeast Treatment Plan" below for more specific directions).

Vinegar Rinses:
Yeast cannot survive in an acidic environment. Vinegar rinses of both the nipples and/or the baby's bottom often bring relief and help slow the yeast growth. For either, mix a half vinegar, half water solution. Apply the solution to the nipples with a cotton swab after rinsing the nipples after a feeding and before applying any creams. The solution can be applied to the baby's bottom with a squirt bottle before closing up the diaper. It can be applied to the vaginal area in the same way after a trip to the bathroom.

Gentian Violet:
Because traditional medications to treat thrush/yeast, such as Nystatin, often do not work, Gentian Violet is regaining popularity again among practitioners. It has been around for many years and is known to be an extremely effective yeast fighter. It can be purchased at the local pharmacy but calling ahead is advised as some pharmacies do not carry it. Gentian Violet can be used on the nipple area by painting the nipples and areolae once a day at night. As with the Nystatin care should be taken not to dip the same cotton swab back in the bottle after painting the nipple area. A clean swab should be used each time or a few drops poured out of the bottle into a cup and any leftovers discarded after that application. Very little is needed as it spreads quickly.

Gentian Violet may also be used to paint the baby's mouth. The entire mouth - inside of lips, roof of mouth, sides of cheeks, tongue, etc. - should be painted with a clean swab once a day. The baby should then be turned over onto his stomach to lessen the amount that is swallowed.

Some mothers have been told that Gentian Violet is dangerous due to its alcohol content and should not be used by nursing mothers. Please understand that the amount of alcohol in the Gentian Violet is insignificant and thus the amount the baby ingests will also be insignificant. The contents of the bottle may be diluted with 50% water if there is still concern.

Gentian Violet should be used for 4 days. If symptoms have improved but not completely, application can continue for another 3 days. It should not be used longer than one week. If there is a need to continue with it after one week of treatment, a break of a few days should be taken before resuming its use. If symptoms are no better or in fact worse after 4 days of treatment with Gentian Violet follow-up should be made with a lactation consultant.

Old clothing should be worn when treating with Gentian Violet as it temporarily stains everything it comes in contact with purple. Many mothers need to be prepared for the site of the baby's mouth. It will be bright purple. It helps to know that this does fade and rather quickly. For tips on preventing or lessening and cleaning Gentian Violet stains see our information page.

Grapefruit Seed Extract:
This treatment consists of the mother taking a 250 mg capsule orally three times a day. This can be taken in place of Diflucan (see below) or along with it if the yeast is especially resistant. This remedy can be found at most health food stores and nutrition centers. Grapefruit Seed Extract is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial compound synthesized from the seeds and pulp of grapefruit. It is an extremely potent and effective broad-spectrum bactericide, fungicide, antiviral and antiparasitic compound. Tests have shown that GSE is dramatically more effective than Colloidal Silver, Iodine, Tea Tree Oil and Clorox bleach against five common microorganisms. In studies performed by Dr. John Mainarich of Bio-Research Laboratories in Redmond, WA, samples of each of the common antimicrobials or sanitizing agents were evaluated for effectiveness against Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhi, Streptococcus faecium and E. coli. The other antimicrobials tested were considerably less effective than the GSE.

GSE is extremely effective in the treatment of thrush. I also find it to be the easiest place to start. If used diligently, it typically will clear up thrush within a couple of days.

Treatment of thrush with GSE

  • Make a mixture of 10 drops of Citricidal Grapefruit Seed Extract to one ounce of water. The use of distilled water to make your solution is very important.  The chemicals placed in your local tap water to kill bacteria can reduce the effectiveness of the active ingredients in GSE.    
  • IF thrush is not markedly improved by the second day, increase the mixture to 15, or even 20 drops of GSE per one ounce of distilled water.   If after reaching up to at least 20, and a full day of hourly treatment with it, you see no improvement, I would consider using Diflucan.  If you are prescribed Diflucan, continue to treat topically with GSE during the course of treatment.  
     
  • Use this solution with an absorbent swab on mom's nipples and baby's mouth once every hour during all waking hours. Swab baby's mouth prior to nursing and mom's nipples after nursing.  Applying it to baby's mouth prior to nursing will help them to  avoid the possibility of baby associating the bitter taste with nursing.  
  • If diaper area is affected, put the same strength solution into a spray bottle or swab as above at every diaper change.
      
  • If the infection is particularly rampant or you are having difficulty getting rid of it, mom may need to take acidophilus or GSE capsules to get rid of it systemically.  
     
  • GSE solution can also be used in laundry or as a surface cleaner to kill yeast hiding and waiting to multiply again. 
     
  • It may be necessary for Mom to eliminate sugar from her diet until the yeast infection is gone.

If treatment with GSE seems to leave your nipple area dry, I suggest applying a light coating of Vitamin E oil in the following manner: First apply the GSE solution, allow that to dry or use a hairdryer to dry it completely, then apply a light coating of Vitamin E oil.  I would suggest doing this 3 to 4 times a day until the dryness is gone.  It should only take a couple of days to show significant improvement.  The Vitamin E oil should absorb into the skin thoroughly prior to the nursing following the application.  I'm a big fan of Lansinoh, but do not use it when dealing with thrush, because it provides a moisture barrier that is counterproductive to getting rid of thrush.  

Since learning of the powerful antimicrobial that Grapefruit Seed Extract is, I have always kept a bottle in my home for many uses.

Diflucan:
Diflucan (fluconazole) is usually very effective against yeast when taken orally. Dosage is 200-400 mg on the first day (loading or stat) dose followed by 100-200 mg for 10-14 days after or longer if yeast is especially resistant. Some practitioners want to prescribe one 150 mg pill for treating nipple or breast yeast. This is the vaginal dosage and is seldom effective when the yeast is present on the nipples or within the breast ducts (intraductal yeast). Diflucan be used safely with any of the topical treatments discussed above. Very little of this drug passes into breastmilk so the amount the baby will be exposed to is clinically insignificant. Diflucan is available by prescription only. Please note that it may be necessary to share professional literature with your doctor which supports the use of the medication as well as that which outlines the effetive dosage and length of treatment. Dr. Jack Newman's article "Fluconazole (Diflucan)" is a good choice and can be obtained online by following the link at the end of this article.

Hygiene Guidelines to Prevent Reinfection

The following precautions should be followed during treatment to lessen the chances of reinfection:

  • Hands should be washed often but not with antibacterial soap. This kills the "good" bacteria which helps keep yeast in check. Paper towels that are discarded after each use should be used for drying rather than cloth towels.
  • Expressed milk should not be frozen during treatment. Yeast is deactivated during freezing but not killed. If frozen milk is given to the baby after the treatment, thrush may recur. The baby may be fed fresh or refrigerated expressed breastmilk, however.
  • All bottle nipples, pacifiers, toys that the baby may mouth, and pump parts that come in contact with breast or milk should be boiled 20 minutes each day during treatment. All bottle nipples and pacifiers should be replaced after one week.
  • Disposable nursing pads should be thrown away as soon as they become damp. Cloth pads and bras should be changed as soon as they become damp and not worn again until they have been washed. If weather permits, bras and washable pads can be dried in the sun. The ultra-violet rays are additionally effective at killing the yeast. Adding a cup of bleach to the wash load if clothes are chlorox bleach safe or a cup of vinegar to other wash loads will also ensure that any lingering yeast on clothing is killed.
  • Nipples should be rinsed with cool, clear water after each feeding and air dried 10-15 minutes before applying any topical ointments or creams.
  • If baby has a yeast diaper rash, diaper wipes should be avoided (use a washcloth and plain water instead) and a vinegar rinse applied after each diaper change (see above). Baby should be allowed to go without a diaper as much as possible. Switching to cloth diapers if possible is preferable to disposable diaper use during a yeast infection.
  • If vaginal yeast is present cotton panties should be worn and the area rinsed with a vinegar/water solution after each trip to the bathroom (see above). Sleeping without panties at night is advised as well.

•·         Take acidophilus/bifidus capsules with doses being as far away from the dose of antibiotics as is possible.  There is dairy free acidophilus available for those needing dairy free products.  Check labels for ones requiring refrigeration.

•·         Take Florastor, which can be taken with the antibiotic dose.

•·         Eat yogurt with active live cultures.  Make sure you get unsweetened yogurt as you don't want to feed the yeast with sugar.

All of these probiotics help to reintroduce to the gut the good bacteria that will help to regain control of the yeast overgrowth in the system.  

If the infant or child is the one taking the antibiotics, they usually fare better at avoiding thrush while taking antibiotics because breastmilk has a bifidus factor.  It promotes the growth of Lactobacillus, a harmless bacterium, within the gut.  Growth of this bacteria helps to eliminate the overgrowth of yeast.  A toddler or child can also take acidophilus.  The powder itself has a pleasant creamy taste and most are happy to lick it off your finger, take it with spoon or you can mix it into a food.  

 

Dietary Changes That May Be Necessary

Because yeast thrive on sugars (including artificial ones) and dairy products in the diet, it may be helpful to greatly limit or eliminate dairy foods and sweets from your diet during yeast treatment and for 1-2 weeks after all symptoms are gone.

 

Using fresh or refrigerated milk during thrush treatment

While you and baby are being treated for yeast, your refrigerated and fresh milk may be given to baby without a problem.

Remember that it's recommended that you continue thrush treatment until one to two weeks after all thrush symptoms have disappeared (Amir 2002).

 

Using milk frozen during thrush treatment

Milk frozen during thrush treatment can be given to baby without a problem while you are still being treating for thrush.

Many sources recommend that mothers do not freeze expressed milk for later use when they are being treated for thrush. We do know that freezing deactivates yeast, but does not kill it (Rosa 1990), so there is a theoretical risk that milk expressed during a thrush outbreak could reinfect baby at a later date. However, there have been no studies that tell us whether or not this defrosted milk is really a problem.

What do reference books say?

Per Riordan in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (2004, p. 259):
"It is not clear whether expressed milk of a mother with candidiasis should be saved and frozen for later use. Freezing deactivates yeast but does not kill it."

Per Mohrbacher and Stock in The Breastfeeding Answer Book (2003, p. 483):
"Research indicates that freezing does not kill yeast (Rosa 1990). Suggest the mother give the baby any milk that was expressed and stored during a thrush outbreak while they are being treated. If that is not possible, suggest she boil it to kill any yeast before giving it to the baby."

Per Wilson-Clay and Hoover in The Breastfeeding Atlas (2002, p.58):
"Milk expressed during a yeast infection could possibly be a source of reinfection. Freezing does not destroy yeast."

http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/thrush.asp

 

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/thrush/thrush-expressed-milk.html

http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/thrush.html

 

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/thrush/thrush-resources.html

MHagler08
by on Oct. 23, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Wash each nipple after each feeding.  Then apply Lotramin AF over entire nipple for at least a week.  Baby's mouth will need treated as well.  I would try this homemade remedy of mixing 1 drop dishwashing liquid (not dawn), 1/2 t baking soda and 1/2 cup of water.  Swab all around inside of baby's cheeks, etc, for a week.  If not better for you or baby after a week, call your Dr and see if they can give baby swabbing of the purple stuff--can't remember the name of it.  But for you, continue the Lotramin AF.

tinymoo
by on Oct. 24, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Yes I have had thrush. It was difficult to diagnose too because my son wasnt showing symptoms in the mouth but had really bad diaper rash which can be a symptom for the baby as well. My nipples felt like they were being rubbed raw. They turned very pink and were so sensitive that it hurt when i rubbed something on accident even when i was wearing a bra and shirt. An easy and convenient way to treat it is to buy a yeast infection cream/gel over the counter. They work topically so you can use it on your nipples a couple times a day. just make sure you wipe it all off your nipples before you breastfeed and then reapply afterwards. Worked wonders.

        My little goober!

m131
by Member on Oct. 24, 2008 at 7:46 AM

thanks ladies! I think this is what we have! Aiden has had a diaper rash on his bottom for a couple days now and I keep trying to treat it but it wont go away, which isn't normal for him!  So do I call the pediatrician and get something for his bottom? He doesn't have anything in his mouth, but like I said my nipples have been sore.


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