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    Default Probiotics to prevent thrush

    I am about a week from being due with my 3rd baby and I am hoping to prevent the onset of thrush (which I developed directly after birth after my first two - no antibotics used during birth). I have been taking 150 billion of probiotics for months now. I am curious if anyone has had enough experience with this to say if this will be enough or not?
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    Default Re: Probiotics to prevent thrush

    No experience with your situation, but the proactive probiotic approach certainly sounds like the right thing to be doing! It certainly can't hurt.
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    Default Re: Probiotics to prevent thrush

    Taking probiotics could really help, and it definitely won't hurt. You can also break open a capsule and apply directly to your nipples after the baby is born, as a preventative measure (the little bit the baby will get will help protect him/her against thrush as well). Don't use soap on your nipples - just rinse with water, salt water, or even dilute vinegar (to keep the pH more acidic). Even if you do get thrush, with these precautions, it's less likely to get severe.


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    Default Re: Probiotics to prevent thrush

    I took probiotics with around that count and still developed a mild case, but I treated it with grapefruit seed extract and it went away soon after that. Hope it goes well for you!
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    Default Re: Probiotics to prevent thrush

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    You can also break open a capsule and apply directly to your nipples after the baby is born, as a preventative measure (the little bit the baby will get will help protect him/her against thrush as well).
    This is a good idea, particularly one that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus because it is known to prevent colonization by yeast through the byproducts of it's metabolism. You can even start now in an attempt to establish a healthy skin flora, and try not to use antibacterial soaps.

    Only a very small fraction of the human normal flora is known so probiotics are not garuanteed to work, but they might help and certainly shouldn't hurt.
    K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).

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