R.G. asks from San Clemente, CA on March 20, 2011
M.F. answers from Youngstown on March 20, 2011
I had Candida on my nipple and it felt like razor blades slicing them from the inside out and I also had a pulling feeling under my arm pit. It was very hard to get rid of. If that is truly what you think you have go to the health food store and get a good acidophilus(sp?). they should have one specifically for candida. Go to breastfeeding.com or call your lactation consultant.
H.X. answers from Los Angeles on March 20, 2011
Yes, you can have it on your breast and not know it. Candida on the breast does not show like it does in the babies mouth. But Candida is naturally occurring and its only a problem if it causes you breast pain or swelling in the babies mouth. Don't think it affects the taste of your breast. Never heard of such a thing. Me and my daughter battled thrush up and down since she was on prophylactic antibiotics. I read every thing there was to read on the subject and never came across what you are describing.
P.B. answers from Spartanburg on March 20, 2011
Absolutely! My doc used to give me an anti-fungal antibiotic to control the candida (that's what it is) on my skin and to avoid passing it on to my baby.
For the baby sucking on a pickle seemed to work (because of the vinegar), but obviously it depends how old your baby is! Go to the doctor, he will help you.
C.S. answers from Houston on March 20, 2011
My experience is that you'd know for sure. Does she have it? How old is she? Sometimes the way their head is tilted w/the suction hurts more on 1 side than the other while teething... or could be too full on 1 side, maybe hand express to soften it a bit??
If you think it is thrush, otc monistat cream works well. However when I had thrush my son still wanted to nurse...