Re: C diff/thrush
...And therefore formula would be easier to digest? I call total BS on this one, especially because the most common flagyl side-effects include nausea, abdominal cramping, and vomiting. If anything was making your LO throw up, it was most likely the flagyl. This is a great paper explaining why breastmilk helps support a healthy microbiota in the infant gut, and why formula doesn't: http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...16/3/e432.full. I think continuing to nurse was actually the best thing you could do.
Her Ped suggested I stop nursing/giving bottles during the day b/c she was vomiting afterwards. The Ped said that she didn't have enough of her good bacteria to digest the milk.
I think your pediatrician got it right this time.
She has now been diagnosed with thrush and is on an oral diflucan. Her Ped said that she has most likely passed this to me, which probably cause the cracked, bleeding blowout my nipple experienced last week.
That's a good start, but a course of Diflucan for you may be warranted, particularly because you're cracked and bleeding. That doesn't sound like a mild case of thrush. If the pediatrician is resistant to prescribing oral Diflucan for you, I would see a different doctor. You want this cleared up ASAP so you can go back to a normal nursing/pumping routine.
Her Ped said that if I want to continue to nurse, I need to apply an antifungal to my nipples 4 times per day.
Practicing good breast hygiene is a good idea while you treat yourself. You want to change bras, towels, and shirts daily and wash them in hot water. Reducing simple sugars in your diet and taking a good probiotic- and giving one to your baby!- is also a very good idea.
Why? As the PP said, imagine how much sicker your LO could have been if you hadn't been nursing!!!
My husband thinks I should stop nursing all together
My first suggestion is to stop listening to stupid people and their stupid comments. Sorry to put it so bluntly!
I am tired of comments about how breastfeeding must not work since in the past 6 months she's had 5 ear infections, c diff and thrush. Suggestions?
Feeding a baby breastmilk is not a guarantee that the baby will never get sick, anymore than feeding a baby formula is a guarantee that the baby will be sick all the time. Statistics show that the average breastfed baby is less likely to get sick than the average formula-fed one, but an individual breastfed or formula-fed baby may be sick far less often or far more often than the average.
One thing people forget to account for when assessing whether or not breastfeeding is "working" is the long-term health impact of breastfeeding/not breastfeeding. They tend to look at the baby and add up the number of times the baby has been sick in the first year or two. They don't add in the baby's lower lifetime risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, dental problems, etc. Nor do they add in the mom's lower lifetime risk of the above conditions.
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