He has no thrush, but I have all symtoms

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Registered: 09-05-2006
He has no thrush, but I have all symtoms
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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 5:09pm
I have burning pain in my left breast (doesn't feel like mastits) and I have a funky feet odor that I thought was just a breastfeeding sweat smell since my breasts are larger this time but I looked it up online and it seems to be yeast so I called the lactation consultant and she said she has seen many moms have yeast infections without the baby having it...How did I get it? Is it from the breast milk sugars? My husband is a diabetic and I have heard of yeast being able to grow easily because of their high sugars spilling through their skin....?? I dunno....I have gotten my first yeast infection (down there) since he has been diagnosed a diabetic so it really makes me wonder about the sugar thing...but anyway back to the yeast infection in the breast they prescribed me and Grayson both nystatin, me a cream and Grayson an oral medicine. Anyone else experienced this before? I have never had it, I hate it...it makes me feel like my breasts are really full when they aren't, they hurt and it is making me grouchy... and they smell is really unpleasant and I hope to get rid of it quickly now that I have figured out what it is...sorry for the long post
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 04-30-2010 - 10:14am

Oh, I'm so sorry you're dealing with thrush. Thrush can be the pits.


What we've found with thrush is that it responds better to layered treatments which means doing lots of different treatments all at once, rather than trying one, then stopping and trying a different one.


It's hard to say exactly why you got it. Some moms get it after they or baby are on antibiotics. Some people are just more prone to thrush unfortunately. I wouldn't think it would have anything to do with your husband being diabetic though.


The Nystatin drops for him and Nystatin cream is a good start but we find that Nystatin is only effective on the mildest thrush. They often prescribe the Nystatin drops for 4x a day. Is that what they gave to you? Since thrush can grow back in 90 minutes, we recommend halving the dose and administering it after every feeding (8x a day) instead.


There are several other things you can do to get this licked. The first is to pick up some acidophilus capsules and give them to both you and baby. You can take a few capsules per day. For baby, break open one capsule, divide it into thirds and give one third of the powder 3 times per day. Some health food stores sell special baby acidophilus too if you can find it.


Please read these two links carefully. They outline lots of other treatments you can use to help beat the thrush. I'd personally recommend the grapefruit seed extract first just because gentian violet can be messy and Diflucan requires a prescription. It also can't hurt to cut sugar out of your diet as much as possible and do the vinegar rinses and hygiene measures recommended in here. I know it's a lot to digest but I wanted to put it all out there so you can lick this as quickly as possible.


http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/yeast.shtml


http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12:candida-protocol&catid=5:information&Itemid=17


Please take a spin and let us know what questions you have. Good luck, sweetie!


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