Hi All -
Brand new LLL member/poster here. I'm extremely discouraged because my daughter is 8 weeks old and we have been battling thrush almost this entire time. My daughter doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all, she's eating lots, soiling lots of diapers, gaining weight. But nursing is extremely painful for me still. We have been seeing a certified lactation consultant the whole time who has seen our latch several times and assures me it is good. Whenever we don't get a good latch, I immediately un-latch her and we try again … so I'm pretty sure the pain is not due to latch. I feel a variety of pain depending on the day - from sharp shooting pains in my breast to burning on the nipples, soreness on the nipples, lots of itching. My nipples are not cracked or bleeding, but they are very pink and sometimes shiny.
We've tried everything at this point - at the moment our daily routine includes Nystatin 4x/day for baby, vinegar rinse after each feeding for me, Diflucan twice daily which I've now been on for 19 days. Up until the past 3 days, I had been using a combo of anti-fungal (Monistat) and anti-bacterial cream on my nipples - but as a last ditch effort I'm now trying extra virgin coconut oil. I am also taking a high quality probiotic and giving the baby probiotic crushed up in some breastmilk on her tongue.
In terms of diet I am drinking lots of water and trying to avoid as much sugar as possible. And of course, we're sanitizing and washing literally everything we touch as much as possible.
I am feeling so discouraged and wondering when this will go away and breastfeeding will get better. I attended my first LLL meeting this weekend, but only the leader was familiar with thrush.
If anyone has any words of advice or encouragement, I would be so grateful. ALso, if anyone has had success with the coconut oil - it seems like it is making my pain worse, but I'm not sure if maybe it just takes a few days to kick in?
Many thanks in advance!