Schmoopy - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
My baby is 17 weeks old. I have been battling what I think is a Thrush infection in my nipples since his birth. My nipples look a little red and they're sore all the time. He doesn't have any visible signs of Thrush other than a slightly white tongue.
I've been to 3 lactation consultants. They all said his latch looks fine, so I don't think that's what's causing my soreness.
Also, when I've tried different treatments for Thrush, they've been effective for a short while, but the soreness always returns after I stop treatment. I've tried:
* Gentian Violet - (tried several times for no more than a week at a time)
* Nystatin (for both me and baby)
* Diflucan (for both me and baby) - 400 mg loading dose, then 100 mg 2 x a day for 2 weeks for me. Not sure about baby's Rx.
* Grapefruit Seed Extract & Probiotics - 10 drops of GSE in 1 oz of water 3 x a day. 1 billion Bifidobacteria 3 x a day. None for baby.
I'm so frustrated. I LOVE breastfeeding. I absolutely do not want to stop. But this pain is making it such a miserable experience!
My OB and my pediatrician have both prescribed meds whenever I've asked, but they don't seem to know much about breast yeast, so I'm forced to guess as to the best treatment. And I'm not having any success. I need to find someone who can help me who knows about this issue! I feel so frustrated and alone!
Any advice is welcome.