So my 13 month old and I both have thrush. My nipple are really sore when we nurse. She's on diflucan because nothing else works for her. Before pregnancy, I used Nystatin cream, but that is not safe now. I've upped my pre/probiotics but I can't shake it. Anyone else been through this? What works?
It is a really messy option but have you tried Gentian Violet? That stuff was a serious miracle cure for my son and I. I applied it to my nipples once in the morning, once at night for two days. I would also take a q-tip soaked in the GV and swish it in DS mouth at night, just for those 2 nights and we kicked it!! (Though since you are already treating DD with a RX you wouldn't have to treat her I suppose).
If you talk to a lactation consultant a lot of them may say that it is an old remedy and not really used anymore and will recommend a prescription. However, if you talk to Le Leche League leader or any of the amish they will tell you to use the Gentian Violet. None of the pharmacies I called carried it but they ordered it and it came in the next day. It was like a 4 oz. bottle for $6. Well worth the money! I kind of doubted that some natural remedy like this would really kick it as I was in EXTREME pain but it was just amazing! I did have some residual tenderness for a couple weeks while everything healed up but it kicked the thrush so quickly!
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I second the Gentian Violet - miraculous stuff. When I have thrush it is also very important for me to STOP eating anything with refined sugar in it. Sometimes I have to eliminate fruit for a while, too. Some people eliminate all grain and/or breads, but I've never found that to be necessary.
Why is Nystatin not supposed to be safe? I was under the impression that it was one of the lower-toxicity approaches.
Thank you, thank you!! I will try the gentian violet. It sounds like it will be good to have on hand for any potential future issues as well. I really appreciate all of the helpful information.
Nystatin is still considered a "Class C" drug during pregnancy. Now, I couldn't tell if that was for the suspension and the topical cream or just the suspension, but I figured I wouldn't take the risk.
Thanks again! I'm off to go find some gentian violet!