Breastfeeding thrush/ antibiotics Please help!!

Holly Janelle - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter and I have both had thrush for 4 weeks we were treated with nastitin the first two weeks and it didn't go away now we are both on fliconazole and my doctor tested my breast milk and just told me there is bacteria I'm it now I have to take antibiotics. I know that antibiotics lower the immune system is there something I can do right now to prevent us from getting this again? I'm miserable and in pain. I want this to be over!

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Tammy - posted on 05/08/2011

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I swear by Gentin Violet - When my son & I had thrush, I treated us both (his mouth, my nipples) with Gentin Violet on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, by Monday the purple was fading & the thrush was GONE!

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2011

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sorry...typing w/1 hand while nursing, won't elaborate...check out info in gentian violet. also, rinsing with apple cider vinegar can help.

Sarah - posted on 05/08/2011

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My son had recurrent thrush and we successfully treated it with good probiotics from a naturopath (HCL is the brand and it is temperature regulated). I also cut back on sugar in my diet and used APNO for a short time.

Ariana - posted on 05/08/2011

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i had a horrible case of thrush with my son (which went undiagnosed for almost 3 months!) and had it again with my daughter 2 years later. with my daughter it took 3 Rx of Flucanozole to clear up. what helped immensely (both with the nipple pain and to keep from passing it back and forth) were nipple shields, which no one even mentioned with my son. i was split open on both breasts from the thrush and the nipple shields were amazing--i could nurse almost pain free and everything cleared up much more quickly after that. good luck!

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Shastin - posted on 05/09/2011

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I had issues with thrush also after my daughter and I took antibiotics. Probiotics will help (make sure you get the right kind for a baby) but didn't get rid of all of it for us. Gentian violet is the last thing you will ever have to try. It WILL work. I used it for only two nights and viola gone (although they say you should use it for 4 nights)!!! I got mine for only $5.00 at Walgreens and it's over the counter. This is what you do: In the evening before bed get naked from the waist down for both of you or wear black. Get a towel and place over bed or lap (wherever you plan to nurse, I did laying down on my bed). Put vasoline on baby's chin to keep it from getting stained (if you want). Get a q-tip and dip it in the gentian violet and then just let baby suck it off (it's that easy). If baby doesn't suck it off then gently swab tongue and sides of mouth. Then immedietely nurse on both sides. As long as both nipples are purple then you and baby are now good. If not then swab the nipple with a q-tip until also purple. I will never go back to the Doctor again for thrush. If the gentian violet doesn't get rid of it in 4-5 days of treatment then it is most likely something else. Good luck!

Mia - posted on 05/07/2011

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I agree with the others, probiotics are great both for you and bub. How old is bub? You can add it to food if eating solids or add to a bottle. I've always given it to my boys right from 3months if I've been on AB's or them. There is also drops you can buy from pharmacy to help with the internal thrush which I've taken tablet form and given oral form to my boy.

Jessa - posted on 05/07/2011

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I know the pain you are in quite well, I developed a sever infection after giving birth and spent two weeks on IV antibiotics in the hospital. That was 3 months ago and I am STILL fighting the thrush...I've been taking probiotics, had 3 rounds of Diflucan, and the Nystatin cream. This time they put me on the Diflucan and Nystatin together for 14 days and told me to use Gentian Violet on my nipples and baby's mouth daily for the entire 14 days as well...Maybe some of that same thing might help you. My doc said my case was the worst case of thrush they had ever seen and when I googled my symptoms I was only able to find one other person describing the same thing and it was a severe case of thrush. I pray that yours doesn't get this bad, antibiotics are rough on a BFing mom.

Carly - posted on 05/07/2011

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You need to keep up the Fluconazole and make sure you keep treating for up to a week after the symptoms go away to make sure it is truly gone I believe. My daughter was prone to it too (some babies just get it a lot and other not at all) which was frustrating. It was always tempting to sto pthe treatment once the syptoms went away but unless you keep going it will come back. Are you using the oral gel too? I found once I was on the Fluc my breast pain went away quite quickly which was a relief. In Australia the oral gel iss called Daktarin and you have to spread it on their tongue/mouth (I just let her suck it off my finger) 4 times a day for about 10 days. Annoying to do all the time but worth it as apparently having it in the mouth can be quite painful. At the moment you are probably giving it back and forwards to each other. Stick with the treatment like glue...

Holly - posted on 05/07/2011

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OH, make sure to keep some on baby's butt too.. the thrush can tend to go through the digestive tract and come out on the bum of little one.. :( Make sure to treat you AND baby at the same time until you are BOTH completely clear. That is how mom/baby keep this ucky stuff for so long.. they pass it back and forth! We had ONE bout with it and my drs nurse just couldn't figure out WHY I wanted treated too.. the dr understood completely. We got Nystatin, didn't use it, couldn't afford Genten Violet (It isn't expensive we were just broke).. and we just kept breastfeeding. The breastmilk cleared it up for us all by itself :)

Holly - posted on 05/07/2011

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Forget the antibiotics and use Gentin Violet. It turns EVERYTHING in your home purple (including you, baby, carseat, stroller, carpet, high chair, bed, tub, etc so be prepared to wear all black for awhile to hide the purple... BUT it kills the thrush with no antibiotic issues and is awesomely effective! :)

Stephanie - posted on 05/07/2011

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Im so sorry your having a miserable time. i had a similar experience except i was treated with antibiotics for mastitis 4 times in 6 weeks which turned into a nasty bacterial breast abcess which had to be surgically drained. The pain was unbearable, so i really feel for u. I wouldnt worry too much if this is just 1 course of antibiotics. (i had 6 oral courses & 2 intravenous(, & my immune system wasnt really affected. but like the other ladies have said, probiotics r good & just eat as many antioxident rich foods & fruits & veg high in vitamin c. Also i hope the doctor has given an antibiotic safe for your baby so she can keep breastfeeding. I always checked that!. Good luck hun, it wont last forever. Enjoy your little one :) x

Sally - posted on 05/07/2011

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Definitely take probiotics. We also used Grapefruit Seed Extract, both on my nipples and swabbing in my LO's mouth. I put 10-15 drops of the extract in 1oz of distilled water, then used that solution to wash nipples and baby's mouth out several times a day.

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