Thrush?

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sometimes's picture
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Thrush?

Breastfeeding/pumping has been an issue since he was born. I have an okay supply going now but I keep having issues. The other day I had a clogged milk duct and it was so damn painful... thankfully all the stuff I did got it to resolve in a day. Now I'm having sharp burning shooting pains in my breasts. It's been happening for like 2 weeks and I thought it was normal (cause what do I know, I've never done this before) then I finally spoke to an LC and she said if I'm having pain it's absolutely not normal. I thought it was just my boobs filling up or something. So I have a call in to my doctor... I also feel bad now because I was finally able to let Lucas breastfeed (which he's a champ at, once I get him to latch on) and if I have a yeast infection I am going to feel so guilty. Anyways, does anyone have experience with this?

JDBabyHopes's picture
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I have no experience with this, seeing as I only nursed DS for 3 weeks, but I'm glad you have a call in to your doctor! And yay for Lucas nursing like a champ! That is awesome! Does that mean he gets to come home soon?

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First of all, Congratulations!!!!!! for breastfeeding your son! I think that's awesome and it's obviously the best thing for him, so pat yourself on the back! Yahoo!

Second, I had thrush when nursing my daughter. I didn't know what it was either, at first.
There's no reason for you to A. feel guilty, or B. stop nursing. Ask your doctor ASAP for Diflucan for you. Your doctor may want to put your son on oral antibiotics if he has thrush too. Diflucan cleared me up IMMEDIATELY and made the shooting pains in my breasts go away. I'd advice you to not accept any other medicine for yourself- nothing else worked for me, and I nursed very unhappily for a month until my midwife FINALLY agreed to give me Diflucan! Gentian Violet, which you can get at your pharmacy, will work for the baby's mouth, if indeed he gets thrush. You'll notice if he gets it because his tongue will get little white spots on it.
Anyway, I just want to encourage you to keep nursing and take Diflucan. It'll clear you up in no time.
Good luck!

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I don't think you need to feel guilty if you do have thrush... you can treat it several ways, and any other BFing mom would just keep feeding her baby too.

I'm a little surprised that you talked to an LC, but she wasn't able to diagnose you? I assume you're not having any other symptoms (fever, etc)? Are your nips itchy, or has the skin changed at all?

Either way... you can use a topical stuff called Gentian Violet (it'll turn you and Lucas purple, but it's just color!) to treat it first, before you try an anti-fungal. You do just have to be careful that if you DO have it, to treat Lucas for sure, otherwise you two will just pass it back and forth.

I hope your doc can resolve it for you!

boilermaker's picture
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Yep-- what they said. Don't feel guilty! The thrush will bother you more than him-- promise!

I hope you get some answers soon. It wouldn't be surprising if you DO have thrush, since I suspect you are antibiotics post-surgery? It is really really common. If you are going to stay on antibiotics for a while longer, you may consider some probiotics (yogurt or oral supplements) to keep your body in balance (it is just like getting a yeastie in the girly parts.....)

Good luck!

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I just want to second what everyone else has said! Thrush is super common - no need to feel guilty at all and definitely not a reason to quit breast feeding!

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Okay so my doctors office called back and once they ruled out mastitis they called me in a scrip for Diflucan. Before the called back though I had made it to the NICU and was a bit upset. I told Lucas's nurse what I suspected and she went and hunted down the neonatologist. That feeding we just gave him formula (since my milk was frozen and we wanted to see what the neo said before I breastfed). My doctors office called before we talked to the neo and they told me about the meds... the neo said that Lucas wasn't showing any signs of thrush but that they were going to go ahead and treat him... some cream 4 times a day. Basically I have no outward symptoms of a yeast infection, it's all internal.. so hopefully the meds take the pain away. Oh and I can breastfeed and pump no problem. Lucas's nurse went to lunch and ran into a LC and he said it could be that my milk ducts are too small? I don't know.. I just hope the pain goes away.

jubileerose's picture
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Glad you got your prescription. I hope the pain goes away for you too! Just work closely with the lactation specialist. She'll be able to examine your breasts and watch you nurse and get a good idea of what's going on. Good luck!

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I hope that the meds help quickly and you're out of pain.

Also, might I just suggest that rather than assume there is something WRONG with you, just assume this is part of the settling in process for you. It is VERY normal for breastfeeding to take quite a few weeks to establish to an easy rhythm- for some women it even takes as long as 12 weeks! And you've just started with a preemie, etc, etc... so cut yourself some slack, and just go with it!

I'm not sure why in the US our assumption is ALWAYS that there is something wrong with the mother or wrong with her breasts! 95% of women IN THE WHOLE WORLD will be able to breastfeed- only 5% IN THE WHOLE WORLD will have a biological reason they won't be able to. Those are great odds. We all really just need support, time and more support!

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Oh, Mara, with your question earlier on the LC... when I spoke to her we were mainly talking about my clogged milk duct and pain relief, I didn't really mention the other pain in detail so we never went into it. She's also a NICU nurse in Lucas's area so it was just a quick phone call.