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suposd2btheonly1 posted 10/7/2013 23:52 PM

Has anyone else ever breastfed a baby with thrush and it got transferred to them? My 7 month old had a case of it after taking antibiotics for a severe ear infection. I'm still breastfeeding and now I have it. Funny thing is that he has such a high pain threshold that the only reason I thought something was wrong was bc it felt like he was nursing with a mouth full of broken glass.

Anyway, we have both been on meds since last Monday. His mouth looks completely cleared up but my nipples are still in sooooo much pain! I don't want to stop breastfeeding just yet but Ive been supplementing with formula quite a bit bc it hurts so much. Its not his fault and its so hard wanting to nurse him but have to give him a bottle instead but this mama hurts!

Anyone else had this? How long did it take to get better? Dr said about 2 weeks but I haven't felt ANY relief at all yet

[This message edited by suposd2btheonly1 at 11:54 PM, October 7th (Monday)]

TattoodChinaDoll posted 10/8/2013 00:05 AM

My middle DD had thrush right after she was born. I think it was because of the antibiotics I received while in labor. When she was born they still gave an antibiotic if you have a heart murmur. They don't do it anymore. Well, she was about to fall outta me and they forgot to give me the antibiotic! I swear I was holding her in by crossing my legs while they pumped the antibiotics into me as fast as they could.

DD received medication that I swiped in her mouth and my nipples burrrrrrnnnneeedddd. The only thing they told me to do was use an athlete's foot cream on my nipples. Which is just weird but it worked. You can still nurse while he has it. Just apply the cream on you and the medication in his mouth after you nurse. You can also take ibuprofen for the pain.

There is also something called gentian violet if you don't want to go the medication route. It stains purple but kills yeast on contact and you don't have to worry about the baby sucking on athlete's foot cream!

[This message edited by TattoodChinaDoll at 12:07 AM, October 8th (Tuesday)]

suposd2btheonly1 posted 10/8/2013 01:05 AM

That sounds terrible! Idk if I could've held any of my kids in like that! in the end though our kids are soooo worth the labor and delivery

Thank you! I'm going to try the gentian violet. I get some relief if I feed him after he takes his meds, idk if they have a numbing effect or what but that helps.

Nursing him is one of my greatest comforts these days and I hate that I'm in so much pain I cant hardly bear it. Definately trying out ur recommendation.

Thank you again!

tushnurse posted 10/8/2013 08:08 AM

Never had it on my nipples but have been personally fighting it for 2 months in my mouth since having to take two medrol dose packs back to back. Thought I had gotten rid of it on my own with home remedies, NOPE, thought I had gotten rid of it with Rx, NOPE, just finished second round of the swishy stuff.....IT HURTS!!!!
Some of the meds I have to take for my arthritis tend to dry my mouth, which is already dry, then the decrease resistance from the steroids was a perfect storm.

It can be a very persistent bug. It is basically a form of fungal/yeast infection, make sure you are eating yogurt 2 times a day, and taking acidophillus, this will help build your own immune system against it.

It stinks that you are so sore, Grandma swore by apple vinegar for this. I swished with it when I had it in my mouth, and at first it hurts, but then is some relief....You may want to try that, or try rubbing yougurt on your nips, and then pumping, just to keep your supply up, then when healed go back to nursing, but hey 7 months, is awesome. You may not want to stop yet, but many babies tend to wean off around this age, and you have given your infant a great start.

I was unable to breast feed, mine are just for show evidently. kids both ended up being very health, so relax mom. You will get through this.

suposd2btheonly1 posted 10/8/2013 12:02 PM

Thank you tush! I'm going to try ur advice as well. Something has got to give. Our morning cuddles are being tainted by this damn infection

I do understand what you're saying about the self weaning though, he's becoming more distracted and less interested in nursing as long . Hes my last baby, I want him to stay little bitty

Missymomma posted 10/8/2013 12:07 PM

My son kept passing it to me. So, I did the pumping route. That way he was still getting my milk. The doctor had me put monistat on it for several days, and this worked. However, you would have to pump and freeze first. You cannot breastfeed while putting monistat on your breasts. You have to pump and dump those few days. Then try again.

GraceisGood posted 10/9/2013 11:29 AM

I dealt with this with baby 2, used to stuff a kitchen towel in my mouth to bite on due to the pain, which is intense, but after a few minutes I would "numb up" but those first few minutes were awful!!

My doctor had me up the liquid I was putting in baby's mouth on my mipples, which did help some. But when someone told me about Lansinoh, that is when things changed. Not sure why, but this was soothing and really helped.

I used the violet as well, but it did not work as well for me for some reason, which was a bummer as I tend to lean towards herbs, etc.

Good luck finding the combo that works for you both, it is tough, but worth it.


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