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yeast or bacteria nipple infection

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6/9/06 5:24 P

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thanks for the suggestions! some of these treatments i am def. going to use. my dr. also recomended the nystatin until i can see her on monday. i am going to also try the acidophilus. to seeif that helps. My baby doesnt have thrush and doesnt seem to be affected at all hopefully i can get rid of it before it bothers him.

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Devin Christopher arrived on his due date April 18, 2006 7lbs 7.7oz 19 1/2 inches and was born at 9:57am. He is my perfect little angel. I love him more than I have ever loved anything in my life! He is my heart, my soul and my world! I could never feel more complete than I do now. Being a mom has changed me forever and I could not ask for anything more. God has trully blessed us with him.

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I copied this from a post Tonya responded to...

Here is some information from Dr. Sears about acidophilus that might help.

This is a powder form of the normal, friendly bacteria that live in our intestines (called flora). Our intestinal flora helps regulate our digestion and stool patterns. Yeast also lives in our intestines. The yeast and the bacterial flora are constantly competing for space, and generally they keep each other in check. Sometimes, however, our bacterial flora can get depleted, such as when taking antibiotics. This allows the yeast to overgrow, which can then lead to a variety of problems:

Yeast diaper rash
Vaginal yeast infection
Yeast infection of the breast
Taking acidophilus replenishes our bacterial flora and reduces overgrow of yeast.

Dr. Sears suggests: Culturelle, one capsule daily.

Acidophilus is available at most health food and nutrition stores. It comes in two forms –- capsules and powder.

Adults – take the capsules as directed on the bottle.
children – capsules are ok if able to swallow, otherwise give 1 teaspoon of the powder once a day in milk, juice, or food.
Infants – make a paste using water or breastmilk and rub this once a day in baby’s mouth, or put 1 teaspoon of the powder in formula once a day if bottlefeeding.

We suggest you begin acidophilus at the start of any of the above problems, as well as when taking antibiotics. Continue taking it for one week after the problem or antibiotic is finished.

These ideas should be discussed with your physician before beginning treatment.

If you feel that you have chronic yeast infection of the nipples and/or breasts, here are some steps you can take to eradicate it:

* Treat baby – as above, even if baby's thrush has resolved.
* Acidophilus – this is a very important natural remedy for any yeast infection.
* After each nursing, follow these 5 steps:
Breastmilk – massage a bit into the nipples after nursing, then let air-dry.
* White vinegar – mix a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar in one cup of water. Keep the bottle next to your nursing chair. Dab a bit onto each nipple and let air dry after each nursing.
* Nystatin anti-fungal cream – available by prescription. Apply 2 to 3 times a day to each nipple after nursing.
* Clortrimazole anti-fungal cream – you can use this over-the-counter cream in place of Nystatin. Do not use both!
* Hydrocortisone ointment 2.5% - available by prescription and if recommended by your doctor for severely swollen painful nipples. Apply 2 to 3 times a day when not applying nystatin.
* Diflucan – this is a very strong prescription anti-fungal pill. It can be used under supervision by your OB/GYN or baby's pediatrician to treat very severe and stubborn infections.

Occasionally, yeast can become very stubborn,persistent or recur despite the above treatments. Here are some steps you can take to eradicate the yeast from you and your baby. Some of these steps are extremely time-consuming. Take the steps that you feel are most appropriate for you.

Hot water over 122º F will kill yeast, either in the laundry, dishwasher, sink, or on your skin (not infants – too hot!).

Microwaving your undergarments on high for 5 minutes will kill yeast (make sure there’s no metal in the bra).

Sunlight kills yeast. Hang infected clothing outside to dry in the sun.

Freezing does not kill yeast.

Stored breastmilk pumped during an active yeast infection of the breasts should be dumped (this will make pumping moms cringe, but should be done if necessary).

Dishwashers – use the hot water setting when washing infected items.

For infected items that you choose to hand wash (such as pump parts, bottles, artificial nipples, pacifiers, and teethers) dip these into a 10% bleach solution before thoroughly rinsing. Wear rubber gloves for this.

Disinfect daily any item that comes in contact with mom’s breasts, baby’s bottom or mouth. This includes breast shells, breast pads, bras, spit-up rags, pump parts, artificial nipples, pacifiers, teethers, toothbrushes, toys, clothing, underwear and cloth diapers.

Towels and washcloths can harbor yeast so they should be used once and then washed in very hot water and sun-dried.

If needed, use disposable items such as paper towels, napkins, cups and plastic utensils for extreme family cases.

White vinegar added to baths or washing machines can help kill yeast.

As you can see, some of these measures are extremely inconvenient. Only do these if you have a very resistant case of thrush effecting you or baby.

Again, it is recommended that you speak with your physician about these treatment options to develop a plan that is best for you and baby.



It's a girl! Abigail Marie
Born 04/06/06 5 lbs 14 oz 18 1/2 in
At 3 months 13 lbs 1 oz

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6/9/06 4:28 P

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Lorrena - I am so sorry! I hope it clears up soon!! I'm glad you finally figure out what it is and have some medication to help it!!


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6/9/06 4:09 P

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Ok ladies I posted earlier in the week about the pain in my nipples. I went to see the lactation consulant who is such an angel and it turns out that its not just sore nipples i have a nipple infection.The infection is either yeast or bacteria but not quite thrush. The baby doesnt have it in his mouth but it has developed on my left nipple and is possibly spreading to mu right nipple. I can only pump my left to relieve the engorgment but it is painful to feed on my right. Ane my lactation consultant help me get Devin's latch correct which help some of the pain but not completly. I have been on tylenol since tuesday and feeling miserable and would cry everytime I had to feed the baby. As the result of the horrible pain my milk production has since slowed, i can only pump maybe a half ounce out of my left every 2 hours but have been feeding off of my right. Since he is staying hungry since he is not getting enough milk, I Have had to supplement him with soy formula since he is allergic to diary. This is making it easier so atleast his is full after his bottle and I can pump and save until I have enough breast milk to feed him, which is usually about 4 oz maybe a little more. Having a hard time but still am going to bo back to breastfeeding after i get rid of this infection. It doesnt seem to bother Devin at all just when he doesnt have a full tummy, but thats when I resort to formula. Trying to get my Dr. to give me a priscription for an anitbiotic ointment but i still havnt heard from her and the office is closed today. Anyone ever dealt with anything like this before? I want so despretly to breastfeed Devin and I hope I can get back to it soon! Any suggestions on over the counter medicines for raw nipples? I have the soothies pads and they are such a relief!but still unable to feed directly from my left bereast..ouch! So diasaponted but still hopeful dont want to give up yet!

Lorrena & Jodaniel
Devin Christopher arrived on his due date April 18, 2006 7lbs 7.7oz 19 1/2 inches and was born at 9:57am. He is my perfect little angel. I love him more than I have ever loved anything in my life! He is my heart, my soul and my world! I could never feel more complete than I do now. Being a mom has changed me forever and I could not ask for anything more. God has trully blessed us with him.

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