M.A. asks from Ridgefield, CT on March 19, 2008
D.B. answers from Buffalo on March 20, 2008
Hey there! You say you are trying home remedies to get rid of it, and that is great if you find it working. When my first was a few months old we had the same problem, but i went to the doctor and he prescribed two different creams to put on my nipples and a liquid (I used Q-tips) to put on the inside of her mouth. Thrush is really painful, but I found that the medicine he prescribed worked within a day or two. We didn't have that problem anymore after that.
C.M. answers from Syracuse on March 20, 2008
You and the Baby have it? My baby and I had it and it was so very hard to get rid of. In fact my doctor said that it was the worst he had ever seen. Please be dilligent in using the Nystatin (Spelling might be wrong) Feel free to email me in private if you would like to. C.
S.K. answers from Albany on March 24, 2008
Hey M. - my Pediatrician (who I adore) told me that I could get a prescription from him that would take several days to kick in for both me and the baby, or I could go to the pharmacy and get the cream that you use for athletes foot - which is a fungus (I think it was like tinactin - but it may have been another name brand - ask the pharmacist)and put a little on your nipples before you breastfeed. I KNOW that it sounds crazy - he assured me that it was 100% safe for the baby and he is one of the top rated dr.s in the big city where I live - and it worked within 24 hours. My newborn didn't mind a bit and I was finally able to nurse without crying (me!) or bleeding (to the point that I was sooo ready to give up on nursing). Again - I wouldn't put something "crackpot" out there for someone to try without believing it or recommending it to others successfully. You should probably ask your dr. as well - but I am completely sold on the practice.
T.G. answers from Binghamton on March 20, 2008
I had the same problem when my now 14 and almost 13 yo boys breastfed. I hate yogurt, but it works. Eat yogurt at least 3x a day, more often if you like it (I barely made it through the 3x a day) It really does help. Also, make sure to keep breasts dry and clean. I used gauze pads sprinkled with a little bit of pure corn starch in my bra and changed them every hour and a half or so. This is an all natural solution.
If you want to use medications there are several out there that will help and are supposed to be perfectly safe for your baby, but they made me nervous and I did all natural.
Hope it helps.
L.P. answers from New York on March 19, 2008
Thrush will happen the dr says, but eating yogurt is what
my family MD told me to do. He said there are other things
he could have prescribed but then you have to deal with
the side effects from those. The yogurt kills the bad
bacteria internally...Gave it to the grandkids too
when they had it.
Couldn't hurt to apply to breast, cover and then it would
be easier to wash off before feeding time too.
I didn't care for yogurt back then but ate the McDonald's
fruit and yogurt parfait...it cleared it up quickly...also
helped to ease the pain...the more you eat/use, the faster
it will clear up. Plus you can feed it to the baby too.
After that I started eating flavored yogurts.
Even helped with yeast infection too.
K.T. answers from New York on March 20, 2008
I am dealing with it right now and think that I have it under control. What I did was to use a mixture of a vaginal yeast infection cream (generic will do fine), some first aid cream, and OTC hydrocortisone cream. My doctor suggested that I not use ointment since it will lock moisture in. Make sure you wipe and wash the cream off before b'feeding
I am also away from my son all day so that helped with the healing process. It has been 2.5 weeks since seeing the dr and I think it's not gone but the open cracks are gone and b'feeding isn't painful anymore.
My sons pediatrician said that I should put the nystatin that they use for babies on my nipples instead. That hurt like crazy so I stopped and continued using what my doctor had suggested.
B.H. answers from New York on March 20, 2008
HI M. - we have a couple of things we recommend from our wellness company that are completely safe to use when breast feeding. If you would like specific information for this, please either email me at ____@____.com or you can call me at ###-###-####. I'll be happy to help.
~ Barb H.
L.L. answers from New York on March 20, 2008
I had thrush with my first born. It was extremely painful, so I know what you are going thru. OUCH!! Ok what worked for me was 2 things. You are going to need to keep your nipples dry (if you bra is a little wet with leakage that will cause it also). Thrush is YEAST! so you need to keep then out let them get some air. I don't know where you live but if you are in a warm climate and it's sunny bare those babies to the sun. The sun will help clear it up. (I know when my lactation consultant told me this I thought she was nuts too). OK the homemade concoction that was used by me and all my other nursing mommies that worked wonders was ... hydrocortisone, antifungal cream and bacitracin. Use equal parts. Mix it in the palms of your hand and apply to your nipples. I personally rinsed before each feeding and then re-apply after each feeding. I know its a bit tedious but it helps. You might want to check your baby to see if she/he has it as well. If there is a white coating/film on your babies tongue then the baby has it as well. You will have to get an oral suspension for the baby. If you do then put some of that oral suspension on your nipples as well. The baby MUST be treated cause if it isn't then your thrush will never clear up it will just be passes back and forth between you and the baby. I would also start taking some acidophilous as well that helps with yeast. It can't hurt you and will help the baby. These are just my thoughts and what I did when I was nusring my oldest daughter and acquired thrush. I wish you well and let me know if it works!! BEST WISHES! L. - NY
E.P. answers from New York on March 25, 2008
With my first son, I had plugged ducts, mastitis, and thrush and the thrush was THE WORST!! It felt like somebody was breaking glass inside my nipples. I had to use nystatin cream topically to get rid of it. My son didn't have any evidence in his mouth of it, but if your baby does, they need treatment as well or you will just keep passing it. It takes quite a while to get rid of. There is also another remedy that a friend used combining nystatin with gentian violet and some other ingredient so if you have persistent trouble, I will get the exact mixture. Good luck.
M.C. answers from Albany on March 20, 2008
Check out Kellymom.com there are remedies listed there. The all purpose nipple ointment might help with the pain.