Thrush, a yeast infection, is fairly simple to diagnose, even at home. If your nipples appear to be red, itchy, swollen or quite tender you may suspect thrush as a possibility. Look inside your baby's mouth for white patches located on the tongue, cheeks, and /or gums. Other infants will develop a painful diaper rash instead that appears as a mild burn would. There are several methods of contracting the infection -- through delivery (from the birth canal) or even in response to an early course of antibiotics.
This is one of those infections that you definitely want to take steps to avoid. Unlike thrush, this infection does not transfer to your baby which is good news. The bad news is that you often feel horrible while battling this while your newborn is increasingly eager and ready to nurse! Early indications of mastitis are elevated temperatures and a noticeable tender /sore spot in one breast. After the infection fully takes hold, you may experience fevers up to 104Â°F, extreme fatigue, chills, body aches all over, swelling in your breast, and a very red tender area on the breast that is hurting.