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This is my second child I've nursed and from the very beginning I've had painful letdowns. My baby was in the nicu for a couple of days and they did give him antibiotics. I can't remember if I had pain the very first few times I nursed, but definitely remember within a couple of days of his birth.

 

He's now 6 months and we've been treated for yeast 3 times with prescription meds. He has been clear of symptoms for 3 months, but I still have painful letdowns. That's really the only symptom but sometimes my nipples are painful, a little red, sometimes a tiny bit flaky.

 

I am now on a strict anti-yeast diet (2.5 weeks) and I just feel hopeless about getting the yeast out of my house. I read the article on MDC about ways to get rid of it and I honestly see it as an impossible task of ridding it from the family - IF that's what I have.

 

Does it sound like a systemic yeast infection? Can I get tested - how?

Am I harming my baby by not getting rid of it? I've read some awfully scary things that link yeast to autoimmune diseases and even autism.

 

Any help, encouragement, insight, btdt stories would be great.

 

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I had some problems with yeast, my daughter is 7wks and after 4-5wks of thrush I think it is gone. I ordered some powerful probiotics online, super spendy but worked. Living Stream probiotics for me. and some other probiotics for my daughter that I also used topically on my nipples. If you want the name and website I got them from i can get them to you. they were around $60 each. Hope you get rid of it soon! Also I dont think a painful letdown has to do with thrush but the nipple symptoms sound like thrush. Best of luck to you and your little one :)

 

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Did the article mention using Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)? I've used it both in liquid form (nasty tasting), added to water, and in pill. I used to have chronic yeast infections (vaginal). If your partner or others in the house aren't treating themselves, then it will be difficult to get rid of. It's one of those things that everyone has anyway, so those with chronic issues with it are sensitive. I never had any luck with prescription medication. GSE is more powerful, IMO.

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Did the article mention using Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)? I've used it both in liquid form (nasty tasting), added to water, and in pill. I used to have chronic yeast infections (vaginal). If your partner or others in the house aren't treating themselves, then it will be difficult to get rid of. It's one of those things that everyone has anyway, so those with chronic issues with it are sensitive. I never had any luck with prescription medication. GSE is more powerful, IMO.



I do have some GSE but haven't been good at taking it. Dh and I are both on this anti-yeast diet. I just feel like I won't be able to get it off all our laundry and all of the kids' toys. And I really don't know how I'd even begin to treat my three-year old if he has it too.

 

Maybe I'll up the antibiotics and take the GSE orally (I've used it topically and in the with the laundry).


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Hi there, it does sound like a yeast infection. I had it with my first child too (as well as all through my pregnancy with her). She does have some developmental delays though fortunately we're working through them quite well with nutriceutical support. 

 

I personally recommend very high dosages of organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil. You may also want to look in to the possibility of doing a round of oral nystatin. Check with your doc, but it is considered a very safe drug, if you are open to that. I am very anti-pharma, but in this case, I think the benefit of using it outweighs the risk. Good luck to you.

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What have you been doing to get rid of the thrush? I found Jack Newman's website really helpful and this is what I've done to get rid of it:

 

-Genitan Violet protocol: SUPER messy but really helped.

-GSE pills

-Switching to disposable breast pads while I was treating myself

-cutting down on sugar (sounds like you have this covered)

-Wiping my nipples off with 1:4 solution of apple cider vinegar to water. I put a spray bottle in the bathroom and sprayed and wiped off with TP every time I went to the bathroom or when I thought to do it.

-Probiotics for me & DS

-treated for 5 days when symptoms went away, then kept treating for another week (except for GV, you are only supposed to do that for a week max)

 

For me, it helped when my naturopathic doc told me that we all have yeast on our bodies, it's just about getting it back in proper balance. It's not like lice that you have to get rid of every single bit. So, I did wash all my clothes in hot water, but I didn't boil all my clothes like I've read. Also, I asked my DH to help me in the fight. It's really hard to find time to do all these things with a baby. Especially with the GV which is SOOO messy.

 

Also, if you do the GV, I found that Huggies Aloe Natural Care wipes are great at getting the GV off your fingers, counter, etc. I don't use disp wipes for anything else, but it was great for GV. I read some places that say to put the GV on your breast and then feed your baby, but that was too messy. So, I'd nurse first, then treat myself (put it on my nipples with a qtip). Then I'd dip another qtip in the GV and rub it in DS's mouth. Be sure your LO and you are wearing old clothes that can be stained.

 

Good luck. I know getting rid of thrush can be stressful, but you can do it!  Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

 

ETA: I've heard wonderful things about Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment (ANPO). I couldn't get my doc to prescribe any, so I don't have any personal experience. http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=76:all-purpose-nipple-ointment-apno&catid=5:information&Itemid=17
 


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