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|Ohhh...mama~ I feel for you! My dd developed oral thrush when she was 2 weeks (she was the only one of my children that used a pacifier and she was the only one that got thrush...). My nipples started to get sore as well, but I wasn't sure if it was from the thrush or her frequent nursing. She was a very needy baby; literally wanting to nurse eery 20 min. 24/7. She'd only nurse for 10 min. though...10 on 10 off for the first 3 mos. of her life! Talk about exhausting!! So the dr. prescribed Nystatin for her and said that if my nipples got worse to call my dr. for a prescription,too. Well, the next day I did...She was cured from the thrush in 1/2 a week...and I on the other hand, are you sure you wanna hear this?! I was not fully healed until she was 4 1/2 MONTHS old!! It was excruciating. DH kept telling me that it really would be ok to stop nursing, since I'd cry and my toes would curl every time she nursed. But I just couldn't bring myself to wean, as I could NOT pump for the life of me. So I wish you luck and quick healing. I know it's not fun at all and it definitely takes away from the bonding and pleasure of breastfeeding.
You should wash your nipples w/ a mild,natural soap and warm water before and after nursing. This will help to prevent spreading the infection back and forth between you and her. When you've washed them AFTER nursing her, let them air dry thouroughly. Then apply the cream. And be sure that if your bra or nursing pads become even slightly damp, you change them, as bacteria and fungi love warm, moist, dark environments. Wash nsg. pads and bras in HOT water. Also, if your nipples becomed cracked, be prepared...your bras/pads may stick.OUCH!! I had to pour warm water over my breasts to get them to "unstick"! It was terrible!
I sincerely wish you the best of luck with this. I feel your pain!
I have a question...ever since I've been diagnosed with thrush, I have felt an itchy sensation in my armpits when I nurse. It's kind of like when you get a sore lymph node in your armpit with af. I have been thinking that this itchiness is from the yeast being in my ducts. But now, I have gotten so used to it, I am beginning to think that it is normal. Does anyone else have this sensation while nursing?
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