Nursing & Thrush

Updated on October 27, 2009
D.G. asks from Mesa, AZ
13 answers

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.
~D.

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M.J.

answers from Tucson on

You could try genetian violet. It is messy, but does work.

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D.H.

answers from Santa Fe on

You could try genetian violet. It is messy, but does work. Place directly on the spots where the thrush exists. Don't let it get out of control. It can be way to painful! call a naturopath or doctor if doesn't go away. There is also the one time only yeast medication. Not all natural, but also really works!

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W.C.

answers from Phoenix on

When I was told by my ob that I had thrush, I was told to dab a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water on my nipples with a cotton ball a few times a day. The vinegar water clears the bacteria. Good luck.

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N.P.

answers from Phoenix on

Just fyi... when my son had thrush in his mouth, my ped told us to give him some Orange Juice ! It worked great ! Not sure if it will work on your nipples.. but just in case your little one does get it.. :)

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S.S.

answers from Phoenix on

De Ayn, please check with your doctor or pediatrician before, my third had thrush so bad (and we kept passing it back and forth from my breast to his mouth) after a bought of antibiotics (against my better judgement) the doctor said to try Gentian Violet. It cost less than $2.00 and I picked it up at Walmart. Within three days we were both cleared up! One down side is that if the baby spits it up, it will stain so make sure you are prepared with old clothes. The stains on the skin usually clear up after a couple of washes too. I hope you have success, I know it can be very painful!
Sincerely,
S.
http://breast-health.suite101.com/article.cfm/gentian_vio...
I just googles it and saw that some people said there are "horror stories", please check with your doc first :)

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J.R.

answers from Phoenix on

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.

Add white vinegar to a bath. It helps restore natural Ph to you and baby.

Also, google "how to treat thrush". There are wonderful natural tips out there.

My best!

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M.C.

answers from Albuquerque on

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!)

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D.B.

answers from Phoenix on

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.

D.
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L.T.

answers from Phoenix on

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!

Good luck!

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S.C.

answers from Phoenix on

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!

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A.

answers from Albuquerque on

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!

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W.E.

answers from Phoenix on

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.

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