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A strange series of events has led to my having an infected nipple. It is red, hurts, and is swollen to 1.5 to 2 times its normal size. When DD is nursing at night, in my half-awake state, I feel like the nipple is as large as a binky. Oh lordy does it hurt!<br><br>
I'd been puzzling what caused it. With DS I had loads of nursing owies: yeast, plugged ducts, mastitis, all three at the same time. I had thrush so bad the pain was worse than labor--and I had super painful back labor.<br><br>
Then I finally realized I have a nasty case of poop boob. How did it happen? Well, the other day DS was taking his second or third nap of the year and I let DD roam around the house while I checked email, picked up, got dinner ready. We are doing half-hearted EC, so she was out of a diaper because I'd just pottied her and caught two numbers at once [I was so excited!]. I came into her brother's little nook area and saw her eating something that looked chocolaty. My first thought was: "Was there a brownie or Russian brown bread stashed around here somewhere?" Yes, Russian brown bread seemed more likely to me than FECAL MATTER, which she was eating. It was all over her hands, her face, she was rubbing her eyes with it.<br><br>
I surprised myself with my calm reaction: to the sink, total scrub down, diaper on, scrub down the carpet [yes, on the one tiny scrap of carpet we have in that area of the house! Just like the dog whenever he retched, he'd run to the carpet!] before DS woke up. DS is a bear on waking, screaming, shouting, nos everywhere. I really dreaded him waking up and seeing poop in his nook. As luck would have it, though, he got up just as I was finishing and he assumed DD had peed in his nook and even offered to help scrub!<br><br>
The other piece of how I got this infection is that DD likes to hold my nipple and suck her thumb while nestled up in nursing position. She grabs, tweaks, twists and generally abuses my nipple. Somehow it doesn't really hurt and makes her happy, so I let her. I think she must sometimes scratch the nipple with her long, untrimmed nails.<br><br>
I was talking on the phone to my friend [hi pinky!] about this, she was doubting the connection between even poopy baby mouth and infected nipple, when I discovered the little sore with a white-head on it.<br><br>
So, I had a sore, got poop in it and now my nipple REALLY hurts. Oh yeah, it's Labor Day weekend and we are leaving on a two-week trip Wednesday. How do I keep this from getting worse? I can't think of a health-care professional who will really know how to help. I just want to keep the infection from getting worse. Here is what I am doing now: topical Goldenseal, topical and internal coconut oil, lots of sodium ascorbate [not quite to bowel tolerance] and for good measure plenty of fish oil and some chicken stock [bone broth]. What else are good natural antibiotics that will keep this at bay? The pain I can deal with, not as bad as awful plugged ducts or thrush, not nearly as bad. I just don't want a raging infection in my nipple.<br><br>
I am not even freaked out about DD eating poop. Should I be? She's been having lots of green poops since then, poor thing, but otherwise seems okay.<br><br>
What a crazy series of events. Shouldn't be surprised it happened before a trip, these things always do...
 

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ick! poor you. It's not "natural" but I swear by Dr. Jack Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment. You can get someone to call in a prescription of it to a local compounding pharmacy. Search online for the ingredients under "Jack Newman All Purpose Nipple Ointment." Otherwise, check out Kelly Mom online. I'm sure there are tips on there! Good luck!
 

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Oh, thanks! It's better, but DD STILL wants to twiddle before nursing and is semi-striking because it just hurts too much to let her. I will try to get some of that ointment sent to where I am. I am puzzling over how a wound that is always covered or wet can heal well. I COULD go around without a shirt on I guess.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I don't know this for certain, but I think that you could effectively use your own milk to help with this problem. When I had horribly sore and cracked nipples after my baby was born, my midwife suggested expressing a bit of my milk, rubbing it into my nipple and sealing it in with lanolin. SO...... you could express milk from your uninfected breast, gently rub it into your infected nipple and let it air dry then apply an ointment, if you like. And wash that baby's hands before she touches you.<br>
PS Breast milk is known to clear infections-- even conjunctivitis! Perhaps you can heal yourself!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/afro.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="afro">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know this for certain, but I think that you could effectively use your own milk to help with this problem. When I had horribly sore and cracked nipples after my baby was born, my midwife suggested expressing a bit of my milk, rubbing it into my nipple and sealing it in with lanolin. SO...... you could express milk from your uninfected breast, gently rub it into your infected nipple and let it air dry then apply an ointment, if you like. And wash that baby's hands before she touches you.<br>
PS Breast milk is known to clear infections-- even conjunctivitis! Perhaps you can heal yourself!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/afro.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="afro"></div>
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You know, the next day, I had a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> moment and did indeed just as you suggested [minus the lanolin]. I swear, every time one of us in the family has a little infected or sore bit I think: "Wait, there's this completely natural and effective antibiotic...what is it again."<br>
Sigh...maybe on the fourth baby it will be the first thing I squirt anywhere!
 
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