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Exclamation Got thrush?

Well,there seems to be an epidemic in here,so let's discuss thrush. Click here to enlarge
Below,I'm posting some helpful information/links. I hope that others will come along and post their experiences as well as what worked for them,what didn't.

THE most comprehensive link about thrush out there. If you have thrush,this is a must read:
http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...tNov98p91.html

LLL's FAQ on thrush:
www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html

Becky Flora,IBCLC on thrush:
http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/thrush.html

Medela's thrush resource:
http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/thrush.html

Dr. Jack Newman's candida protocol:
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/candidaprotocol.html

Dr. Jack Newman's handout on GV:
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/6.html

Preventing GV stains:
http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/gvstains.html

Dr. Jack Newman's handout on Diflucan:
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/20.html

A Mothering article disussing thrush:
http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...ed-thrush.html

A link that answers your questions about frozen expressed breastmilk and thrush(finally!):
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...ssed-milk.html

So,your thrush is gone. How do you prevent it from coming back? Or prevent it in the first place?
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...ng-thrush.html

New Beginnings(LLL's member publication) articles on thrush:
http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBthrush.html
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The best prevention for me was to walk around naked whenever possible right after nursing.

I only had it once and a Rx of nystatin cleared it right up.
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Nystatin cleared it up. My baby and I had it. (his mouth my boob)
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I weaned my son because of thrush. He was 17 months old and ready to wean though - once he had the thrush in his mouth, he never asked to nurse again.

I used OTC yeast cream (monistat) on my boobs and the doc gave us Nystatin for his mouth. I also started taking acidophulus(sp) on a regular basis.

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I get it bad. We attack it at all levels. The baby is given nystatin and yogurt (depending on age), I pour about a cup of white vinegar in his bath water, I eat tons of yogurt, take acidophius, treat my boobs with topical nystatin after sponging them off with vinegar and air drying. I usually still end up taking diflucan for about 3 days.
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I had it badly with my second child. I tried Nystatin and it didn't work. The only thing that helped was cutting out sugar, using gentian violet and eating plain yogurt with acidophilous.
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Nystatin never helped for me.
Athlete's foot cream worked, so did monistat.
Vinager in the laundry rinse cycle.
Toss out opened tubes of lanosoh(sp?), diaper rash cream, anything else you may have contaminated.
Live culture acidopholus, the refridgerated kind.
Coconut oil applied to nipples(this was really soothing, and smelled great)
Wash those hands, all the time. Stop using antibiotic soap.
diflucan, but it is a bitch to get doctors to prescribe it correctly.
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Patting my breasts with 50/50 solution of vinegar water and letting air dry helps a lot.

Nystatin has proven worthless for me. OTC lotrimin works very well on my baby's yeasty diaper rashes.

A 2-3 week treatment of diflucan seems to be effective on surface breast yeast and interductal yeast.
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My first dd had it and I'm not sure I ever really got it from her. I ever really had any smptoms anyway.

With my second, I got it and gave it to her. It was horrible. She was only a few weeks old and I honestly would have quit if she had been my first. Knowing all the benifits of breastfeeding helped me stick it out. I couldn't have done it without the support of this forum and my Dh. For instance I had no idea it caused such horrible gas. I was convinced it was something I was eating. That was another reason I almost quit.

I pumped just enough to barely stay ahead of her and dh fed her with a syringe. I never could pump much. I used genitian violet for a week before also putting T on nyastin. We just kept passing it back and forth. It finally cleared up but she had nipple confusion and we had to see a LC and do finger exercises to get her latch back. I had to do this and hold it in her mouth for two weeks. She finally got it back and is still nursing strong at 6 months.
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I am speaking to a local LC today about my diflucan scrip to see if she feels one week is enough for me (plus the GV). If not, I need to start making phone calls to my OB to get another week called in, plus we see DD2's ped on Wed so I would also need to convince HER to prescribe another week for DD.Click here to enlarge

I just can't imagine not getting rid of this thrush this time around and having it come back.Click here to enlarge

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I called my OB today and left a message. I requested a minimum of a 2-week script of Diflucan since it has spread so much on me. I also told him about my eye, the incision, the groin area, etc. And now I'm having some pretty intense pain on the inside of my abdomen. I don't know if it's related or if it's because I did too much yesterday (I went grocery shopping and also cleaned my kitchen), but I know it hurts like a sumbitch.

Now I just need to call my ped and see if he'll give a difulcan script to DS over the phone. Click here to enlarge
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I suffered far too long giving Nystatin a chance to work, it never did.

Gentian violet gave me instant relief.
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Monistat, vinegar rinses in the wash, lots of walking around topless at home. Also, I was working at the time and pumping. If you are doing that, boil your pump parts or put them in the dishwasher with the sanitizer setting on.
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Here's a good link to treating yeast with grapefruit seed extract:

http://www.drjaygordon.com/bf/thrush.htm

However, I have no personaly experience using it. I do, however, have a big bottle of it that I just ordered.
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Nystatin did diddly squat for us.

I ended up taking diflucan (sp optional) Click here to enlarge

Then, used gentian violet on ds and my nipples to stop the passing back and forth.

I also washed my breasts with vinegar (50/50). My. Didn't I smell pretty? Click here to enlarge

APNO (All Purpose Nipple Ointment) felt soooooo good on my cracked infected nipple.

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Miz,I'm not postive,but I don't think your dd will need more time on the diflucan. If her thrush is cleared up,you may be able to keep it under control with other less invasive treatments until your yeast is in check. My best suggestion is to talk to your ped about it. Click here to enlarge
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I have since tried the GSE and it worked GREAT - even when diflucan didn't.

It also may have removed a wart on my hand. Click here to enlarge:
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What a timely time for me to come back to SM. Click here to enlarge

We have thrush something fierce. Tried acidophilus, garlic, GSE, etc. Did nothing.

Finally tried GV and it was clearing up after 2 days and then baby got an ear infection and ended up on antibiotics (she's only 7 weeks old). So, now we're using acidophilus again and when she's done with the antibiotics I'll hit it hard with the GV again.

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