Originally Posted by Vegan Princess
How would I know if I have it? I have yellow on the tips of my nipples after I nurse but I don't know if that is leftover scabbing? Baby has a white tongue but nothing else is white so maybe it's just milk?
That doesn't sound like thrush to me, necessarily. White tongue after nursing is totally normal. White spots on inside of cheeks is not. Those spots are typically thrush. And the yellow on nipples isn't necessarily thrush either if it's the only symptom you're having -- it can just be that your nipples need some airtime as are staying moist too long (which can eventually lead to thrush as yeast loves that dampness). Try expressing a little milk after each nursing session, and rubbing it on the nipples, then letting them airdry a bit?
Thrush symptoms on nipples tend toward cracking, peeling, redness, itching, etc. Not unlike a vaginal yeast infection, for some.
Here are the symptoms from Dr. Gordon's site:
|Unusually pink or red nipples.
Cracked or bleeding nipples
Itching or burning nipples
A shooting pain deep within the breast
Pain that continues throughout a nursing session
White patches inside the baby's mouth. (the inside of his cheeks is a "thrive" zone and an easy to identify location)
Yeast infections in other locations (diaper area, vaginal)
I've also found the symptoms for Mom tend to be worse at night -- not always but for many mamas. The itching can be all over the breast -- not just the nipple area. If the shooting pains are deep within, then thrush has likely moved into the milk ducts and it'll need to be treated sytemically. So then you can go with GSE internally and/or Diflucan, etc., in addition to the probiotics and such.
, it very well may be she's uncomfortable from the thrush.
While oral thrush may not prove painful to some people, it is (to a widely, varying degree) with others, so if baby seems uncomfortable or in pain, she likely is. Honestly, I err on the side of caution and assume it's painful, because thrush is extremely painful for me.
I would continue with the GSE for 3-5 days or so after all symptoms are gone. And keep on with probiotics for at least a week. Be sure to wash EVERYTHING that has touched the yeast (towels, clothing, nursing pads, etc.) on high heat with 20+ drops of GSE. Dry on high heat too if possible. Yeast can live for a very long time, IME, on fabric, so it's key to kill it off else you risk reinfection later on. Which is really, really, annoying.
I hate thrush. Really. It was such a pain for us to deal with last time around. I wouldn't wish it on anyone and am so sorry so many mamas here are dealing with it.