thrush on the nipple

Zarah - posted on 09/01/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




I just wanted to know what it looked like on the nipple and what are the symptoms?


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You have gotten good info here. I have found many times over that gentian violet is very effective. it is over the counter and if you can't find it in your local pharmacy ask the pharmacist and they can order it for you pretty inexpensively. you can also call a local La leche Leage leader to get more info. Find one at and follow the prompts. Good luck. Thrush is rotten.

Kira - posted on 09/04/2011




The only visual sign for me was extremely red nipples (and bub had a thick white coating on his tongue). The feeling though was shooting pain and burning during and after a feed. It even hurt to have shower water fall on my nipple and to dry the area with a towel. It just stung! I dont know if this was all down to nipple thrush or just the usual pain some women go through when breastfeeding for the first time as well. We tried 2 kinds of medication in australia so not sure if you have the same thing there but they were called Nilstat and Daktarin, i found Daktarin to be the better one.

Meighen - posted on 09/03/2011




It's not easy to tell by just looking. But with me, my nipples were a little red and the skin was really tight like it was sunburned with a little peeling. But when I really new something was wrong was there was burning and pain every time my daughter latched on. And the pain didn't go away after latching and they still burned after nursing was over. It was awful. My daughter didn't show signs for nearly 2 weeks when I saw the white dots on her gums and that's when I knew what was going on and got in to see a Dr. I just thought I was dealing with chapped injured nipples after coming back from being gone for 3 days and trying to pump like crazy to keep my supply up. But the discomfort wasn't getting better, it was getting worse, I wanted to cry every feeding.

Lori - posted on 09/03/2011




Mine didn't really look different, sometimes it would look dry, but you can mostly tell from the burning pain and sensitivity. It kind of feels like the baby isn't latched on right, even though he is, and it burns, sometimes you feel it deep inside your nipple. It hurts! I've always used gentian violet to treat it. And baby doesn't always need to show signs of thrush in his mouth for mom to have it.

Natalie - posted on 09/03/2011




For myself it didn't look like anything, that's how I knew it was thrush and not cracks or blisters. The symptoms are shooting pains and extreme sensitivity. I found the best medication to use was either gentian violet (very messy) or canesten and monistat cream mixed together every time after your baby nurses.

Angela - posted on 09/02/2011




i dont remember the symptoms but doremember putting the kids meds on them. when u give it to them rub some on your nipples. wont hurt and will protect you from giving it back to them.

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