I *think* I have thrush (see this thread). Called my OB and she just called me in a script for nystatin and diflucan, but I see her tomorrow morning for my 6-week post partum check-up and I was going to have her look at it (doesn't look like much anyway except it is red and blotchy). My symptoms are skin itchyness (BAD!) and bright pink nipples. No signs of anything in my son, but if OB confirms infection then I am going to have his ped treat him too).
I am not sure if or how long I have had it...I was on major antibiotics during labor and after (IV and oral) and so was my baby, but that ended 4 weeks ago. I have had bright pink nipples for a few weeks now, they don't really hurt per se but are sort of sensitive. I thought that was just from him pulling on them during feeding, but now I wonder if I haven't been fighting off thrush for a few weeks. The really bad skin itch has only been for the last week or so.
Ok, so my question is this...I have been pumping to build up my freezer supply for going back to work. I have about 80+ oz stashed that took me the last 5 weeks to build. I read that when you have thrush you shouldn't freeze milk because of reinfection...so what do I do? Do I have to dump it all?? Since I don't really know if/when I was infected it is a bit heartbreaking to think about having to dump it. Is there anything else that can be done?
Also, this is sort of a side thing...but Candida is ever present and your body naturally fights it off (or keeps their numbers down), so if we fight off this infection now is there really a big risk or "reinfection" if it is already present anyway? I know this is more of an immunological question, but still it makes me wonder why dumping is so important.