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  1. #1
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    Default Sore, itchy nipples??

    Hi,
    I've been BFing for 2 weeks and woke up this morning with VERY sore, burning ITCHY nipples.....does anyone have any idea what this is?
    I feel fine besides that, so i don't think its mastitis.
    Please let me know if you have any thoughts on how to relieve the discomfort. THanks!

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    Default Re: Sore, itchy nipples??

    Do you feel the soreness all of the time, or just when your nursing?

    Have you taken any antibotics since or during the birth of your little one?
    Last edited by jentut; July 10th, 2006 at 07:43 AM.

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    Default Re: Sore, itchy nipples??

    Does it sound like thrush? Here are the symptoms from the LLL site. Below is a link to the full article.

    Persistent nipple pain in the early weeks of breastfeeding, or nipple pain that appears after several weeks or months of pain-free nursing, may be caused by thrush which is a yeast infection of the nipples. Additional symptoms can include

    * Itchy or burning nipples that appear pink or red, shiny, flaky, and/or have a rash with tiny blisters.
    * Cracked nipples.
    * Shooting pains in the breast during or after feedings.
    * Intense nipple or breast pain that is not improved with better latch-on and positioning.
    * Deep breast pain.

    You may be at higher risk for developing thrush if you or your baby has had a recent course of antibiotics, your nipples are cracked or damaged or you are taking oral contraceptives or steroids (such as for asthma).
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html


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    Default Re: Sore, itchy nipples??

    If you think it's thrush, here's a remedy involving Grapefruit Seed Extract, available at health food stores:

    http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/thrush.asp

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