D.G. asks from Mesa, AZ on October 23, 2009
Nursing & Thrush
I have a 17mo nursling and am suffering with thrush. I am only nursing a few times per day...usually at bedtimes/naptimes & early in the morning. Although I am feeding her (my nursling) yogurt, she seems to have no symptoms at this time...but I have let my symptoms to go on too long.
I have now gone past the little irritation stage to having peeling and spliting of the skin where the nipples meet the areola. I am currently on probiotics & eating raw organic yogurt as well to treat from the inside out.
What I am wondering is...what can be done about the irritation/sores?
Would the lansinol cream be best or perhaps something else?
I've even considered applying the yogurt directly.
I am looking for natural remedies please.
Thanks for your help Mamas.
W.E. answers from Phoenix on October 24, 2009
While you are getting things cleared, up to lessen the baby's mouth to your breast irration, consider buying those clear silicone nipples that you get at the grocery store or walmart wherever you buy bottle supplies and barely cut the tip off of the nipple and put it over over yours and have the baby nurse that way. This will allow you to heal and make nursing a pleasant experience as it should be and not painful.
N.O. answers from Phoenix on October 23, 2009
The following website has quite a few suggestions of the natural approach.
This one is not bad either...
Best of luck!
A. answers from Albuquerque on October 24, 2009
Two things I haven't seen mentioned are coconut oil and the Body Ecology diet. Coconut oil is anti microbial so it can help internally and externally to soothe and heal your nipples. The Body Ecology diet helps people balance their body ecology, basically. Also consider other real food probiotics. It's not hard to make your own kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and salsa, all lacto-fermented. Eating them will help you immensely and the juice can be used on your skin for healing. Good luck!
S.C. answers from Phoenix on October 24, 2009
I don't have any advice, but I just wanted to tell you I LOVE your "about me" description!
Ouchie. I hope you feel better soon!
L.T. answers from Phoenix on October 24, 2009
Have you tried Gentian Violet? Wal Mart carries it, or at least they did when I needed it. Google it for how to use it, as I can't remember exactly.
My daughter and I passed it back and forth for a while, and this worked the best. You have to treat both of you, since you'll just keep passing it back and forth. It will stain baby's mouth purple and your nipples, too, but it works!
D.B. answers from Phoenix on October 24, 2009
Try diluted Tea Tree Oil, to clean area after feedings. Pat dry. Then try A & D, ointment. Go online and check out TTO. Great for other things too.
M.C. answers from Albuquerque on October 24, 2009
For me, a mixture of lansinol and the cream that the doctor prescribes for trush worked the best. Just don't do what I do and let the pain of the thrush turn into more serious problems like mastiatus. (sorry- I think I spelled that wrong!)
J.R. answers from Phoenix on October 24, 2009
Oh, we had this one so bad for so long... I know that stress was a huge contributing factor for us. This happened with my 3rd baby who got toted all over town to water polo games, soccer tournaments, church, etc.
We used lots of yogurt and Gentian Violet. You MUST THROW AWAY ALL pacifiers, use nursing pads so as not to let the fungus grow in your bras in order to completely avoid re-infection.
Ask your pharmacist for the Gentian Violet. Apply to both baby's mouth and your nipples. Let your breast air dry well after nursing.
Also, google "how to treat thrush". There are wonderful natural tips out there.