Oh my gosh, he's adorable!
Oh my gosh, he's adorable!
I'm having a difficult time. I think I have Thrush. and It hurts so bad to nurse, but now that i think i know what it is (haven't been in to see a doc yet) I'm working on trying to get past it. and hoping to get in to see the doc soon.
I've been itching EVERYWHERE like crazy.. I want to rip my skin off it itches so bad.. I spent all day trying to get in touch with my doc but i either get voice mail or a busy signal.
AND I still have horrible hemi's. I've been putting some prep H on them and its killed almost all the pain (i couldn't sit down the first few days after having him). but they're not going away at all and they're the kind that are on the outside and inside! ugh..
My mom's in town now so it's been great to spend the day with her. She'll be staying at a friends house but spending most days with us.
What a cutie you have, love the pics!
I'm so sorry you are dealing with thrush, itchy stuff, and hemis all at once. Not fun at all. Hope you get ahold of your doc. soon.
Yikes! Sorry it's so rough:-( Did you leave a voicemail message? The nurses were always good about getting back to me quickly...
Here's the recommendations from Kellymom: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...resources.html
Read through the "Candida Protocol" from Dr. Jack Newman - world BFing expert (1st link under thrush treatment)... Yes, he's male, but he does have good advice! In fact he suggests that gentian violet, probiotics an grapefruit seed extract should be tried first... plus wash off your nipples after every feeding with vinegar water (1tsp vinegar to 8oz water). I made a squeeze-bottle of it. If baby has it (white spots on tongue and cheeks), use baking soda water - 1tsp baking soda to 1cup water. use a Q-tip to swab the inside of the mouth after each feeding.
I know several people swear by the grapefruit seed extract. Here's the protocol: (http://canadianbreastfeedingfoundati...uit_seed.shtml)
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Treatment of Thrush
Grapefruit seed extract can also be used for treating Candida as well. It can be used directly on the nipples and/or orally. If used directly on the nipples, it should be diluted (5 to 15 drops, occasionally up to 25 drops, in 30 ml or 1 ounce of water), applied on the nipples with a Q-tip or cotton ball, allowed to dry, and then covered, sparingly, with the all purpose nipple ointment. By mouth, grapefruit seed extract can be taken as a pill, 250 mg three times a day.
Grapefruit seed extract (ACTIVE INGREDIENT MUST BE “CITRICIDAL”) should be used in conjunction with the APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment). Apply the diluted liquid grapefruit seed extract on the nipples, and then follow with the ointment (always after the feeding).
Apply solution directly on the nipples. It does not need to be refrigerated. It may be covered and used until solution is finished.
* Mix very well five to 10 drops in 30 ml (1 ounce) of water (preferably, but not necessarily, distilled).
* Use cotton swab or Q-tip to apply on both nipples and areolas after the feeding.
* Let dry a few seconds, then apply “all purpose nipple ointment”.
* If using Gentian Violet, do not use GSE on that particular feed but use after all other feeds.
* Should be used in conjunction with oral GSE, either tablets, capsules, or liquid extract (see above)
* Use until pain is gone and then wean down slowly over the period of at least a week.
* If pain is not significantly improving after two to three days, increase the dose by 5 drops per 30 ml (ounce) of water. Can continue increasing until 25 drops per 30 ml of water.
* If flaking, drying, or whiteness appears on the skin, substitute vitamin E oil or pure olive oil for APNO 1-3x/day.
* Laundry can be treated as well: add 15-20 drops in the rinse cycle of all wash loads
If not using Gentian Violet, it may be helpful to treat baby with acidophilus by rolling a wet finger in acidophilus powder (break open a capsule), and let baby suck on the finger right before a feeding. Use 2x first day, 2x second day only. Mother may want to ingest Acidophilus as well, 3x/day for 1-2 weeks.
As for the hemis... My only advice is lots of water, get some exercise (walks), and try some witch hazel... Others probably have better advice. My MW recommends laxitives so that you can at least heal (I haven't yet - tried lax. or healed!).
OK, that was a totally lame post...
Congrats on the Unassisted Breech homebirth! Wowza! Good thing it was fast. My MW says, the faster the birth, the less time for anything to go wrong!
I can't imagine such a big newborn. Mine generally reach that size at 1.5-2 months! Cutie!
I would also suggest calling LLL, and getting a referal to a LC... you may not need it by then, but if latching is the issue causing thrush, then it needs to be addressed ASAP! Good luck! Having had it just last week, I think getting rid of it s a top priority for happiness!
i know this is an incredibly long thread- but i just wanted to say that YOU INSPIRE ME! i had what i would say was a textbook birth with DD in a hospital, and by that i don't mean without any interventions complications or otherwise, it mean only the ones caused by the damn policies, and i've considered just OOPS not going to the hospital if i feel like it.... but i'd plan on at least calling 911 and faking it after :) anyway, my biggest fear is that this LO will be breech and no Dr will eve allow me trial of labor without demanding a c-section, so you have given me hope that it can be done, and i'm inspired")
Jenni, Check out laura shipley's website she's a midwife that had all her babies by UC, including a stillborn and a breech birth. she's amazing and there are tons of birth stories on her site that are both hospital, home and UC and a few breech though not many.
Got into see the doc today.. He gave me a shot of Celutone (Sp?) for the rash and said it was an allergic reaction though I'm not doing or taking anything different. Said to take benedryl and to switch laundry detergent. I normally use ALL free and clear and have for years. I recently got some Charlies soap to use with the cloth but was trying to use up my bottle of ALL first before switching. maybe I'll just switch now. The only thing that's got me worried now, is that the nurse who gave me the shot afterward asked if i was BFing him and made the comment that hopefully it doesn't dry me up.. I can't find anything online about it esp since I"m not positive on the spelling but that's what they put on my receipt or whatever you call it.
For the thrush, he said that he couldn't diagnose it so I've been doing the Lanolin, vinegar/water, acidophilus, and occasionally the hydrocortizone cream (that wasn't working for the hemi's) combo and its helping some the nipples are healing and i think it's helping in his mouth as well but I'm just on day 2 of doing it. Doc said i'd have to take baby to a pedi to have it diagnosed as thrush and then he could call in a script for me as well.
I was itching so bad I totally forgot to mention the hemi's. I've been putting witch hazel on it and prep h and its not so painful unless i sit on something hard for a long time (like the bench at McD's when I took dd to play there over the weekend. OUCH!
Oh and on our way to the doc this morning we got a flat tire.. sigh...
Sarah noticed that on day 2 things began to improve as well. Keep it up!Quote:
I'm just on day 2 of doing it.
Oh nooooo to the flat tire!:eek:
Those hemmies sound awful, and the flat tire just adds insult to injury. I hope you find some relief for that and the thrush soon :(