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    I've had nipple yeast for 9 days now, my son is 6 weeks old. I am almost done with my diflucan. I have been using the "all purpose nipple cream" and GSE. I have elimated sugar. I am taking garlic, GSE, and acidopholis. I was rinsing my nipples with vinegar (which I stopped b/c it seemed to irritate my nipples more). I am washing and boiling everything. My nipples are still tender and red. I am at my wits end. I have been treating my son with Nystatin even though I don't see anything in his mouth. His treatment ends today. I am at my wits end with this. Since mine is not resolved - I'll probably end up giving it to him and him to me and me to him.........................................!! I called the pharmacy which is going to order my Genitian Violet. Will there be an end to this madness. I am sooo tired of my nipples hurting.
    How do you know if it is even yeast. I fairly certain, but there seems to be no end in site. Does yeast go away eventually?
    HELP!!
    I am so ready to give up on everything.

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    Hi Julie, and welcome to the forums. Ugh, I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with yeast for nine days with no improvement. What an ordeal! Lots of pain and lots of work.

    What was your dosage of diflucan? I have heard that doctors often prescribe it in too small of a dose for yeast on the nipples.

    I hope moms with more experience of fighting off thrush will post soon with tips and encouragement.

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    Hi Julie,

    I'm so sorry you're going through this. I battled thrush for a few months, and I know how hard it is to keep nursing despite the pain! You are a great mom to continue . I tried just about everything - several rounds of Diflucan (even one round on DD), Gentian violet (which I don't recommend unless you're very careful), rinsing myself with vinegar, boiling everything, washing sheets and towels after one use . . . It was a nightmare. Top it off with a baby with severe reflux and I was so ready to give up. But these forums kept me nursing and I hope they are helpful for you too.

    What helped the most was taking a high quality acidophilus, going without a bra at night (I still sleep on towels), and changing my nursing pads after every feeding. There is a thread called "Why does it still hurt" that you might want to skim to see if you can get some more advice.

    http://lalecheleague.org/vbulletin/s...ead.php?t=3099

    I hope you get rid of this soon! Thrush is awful .

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    Quote Originally Posted by quakerm0mma
    What was your dosage of diflucan? I have heard that doctors often prescribe it in too small of a dose for yeast on the nipples.
    Hi, Julie. Me and my little one fought thrush for an entire 3 months! Oh my goodness, it was painful and such a hassle with the sterilizing everything and such. I had to be on a pretty long course of Diflucan. And, Rebecca is correct, that many doctors don't prescribe the right dosage of Diflucan.
    Also be sure to continue treatment even after your symptoms go away to make sure it's gone. Some docs aren't up to date on the amount of Diflucan needed to eradicate thrush. My lactation consultant had to call my OB and tell her the correct standards. Jack Newman's site says regarding proper dosing: "Fluconazole 400 mg loading, then 100 mg twice daily for at least two weeks, until the mother is pain free for a week. If used, fluconazole should be added to treatment of the nipples, not used alone. Fluconazole takes three or four days to start working, though occasionally, in some situations, it has taken 10 days to even start working. If you have had no relief at all with 10 days of fluconazole, it is very unlikely it will work, and you should stop taking it." I felt relief in about 7 days, and was kept on treatment (Fluconazole and ointment) for almost a month and a half before it was gone completely.

    Hope that helps!

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    Oh I am so sorry you're going through this. I know how it feels, I've been battling it myself. You're getting some good advice- nothing more I can add, really. The acidophilus REALLY helps though- make sure you're taking a good one that is refridgerated in store and at home. I hope this resolves for you soon. Come on here for support! That's how I make it.

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement and advice. I am going to keep battling this monster yeast.
    I had no idea breastfeeding could be such a challenge. I am determined not to give up, although at times I feel like it. My husband, trying to be supportive and because he doesn't want to see me upset, told me just to formula feed or pump that it's not worth it - but I know it is! I have asthma and allergies and I know that if I breastfeed I am giving my baby a chance to build up some immunities to these. I am going to a Lactation Specialist today, hopefully she can shed some light on the situation.

    Sincerley,
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    My husband, trying to be supportive and because he doesn't want to see me upset, told me just to formula feed or pump that it's not worth it
    Juliejacob, my hubby was the same way. He hated seeing me in pain and frustrated, and he kept pressuring me to give DD formula. I finally had to gently explain to him that he wasn't helping. I told him I needed him to encourage me and tell me what a great job I'm doing. I also made an effort to not complain about it to him. Breastfeeding is very important to me, and once he understood that, he backed off about the formula. He recently told me how amazing I am that I've persevered through all the problems we've had.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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    I have recently been concerned with this thrush myself... I am hoping the little things I have been noticing are coincidental, but these are the things I've been adding up...

    -Very slight itchiness to nipples.
    -Sharp pains in areolas during let-down.
    -Slight rawness and redness to nipples after feedings.
    -Burning sensation in nipples after feedings.
    -Baby has been gassy and fussy for a few days.
    -Slight white film on baby's tongue (just looks like discoloration, not cheesy or patchy, goes away a while after a feeding's over)

    I have been eating yogurt everyday, air drying my nipples after feedings, and just started sleeping on towels topless instead of wearing nursing pads all night. My baby is only 3 weeks old.

    From experienced moms, does this sound like something to be concerned with? (Keep in mind I have an OALD issue that could possibly be responsible for some of the symptoms.) If it does sound worrysome though, how can I prevent it from spreading when I live in an apartment and can't wash things regularly? Will the yeast live in bedsheets and comforters, and potentially re-infect me from contact with them? And what doctor should treat me- the pediatrician, the family doctor, or my OB/GYN?

    TIA.... Worried!

    PS. I hope all the other ladies who were struggling are doing better!
    Last edited by JustSasha; October 1st, 2006 at 09:15 PM.

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    I haven't BTDT with thrush, but what I understand from reading and from other mothers is that a full-blown case of it is VERY itchy/painful. What you are observing may be a very mild infection or the early stages of a full-blown infection. Or, as you note, it may be something else altogether.

    As long as your symptoms are mild and not interefering with nursing or sleeping, I would stick with the non-pharmaceutical approach. First of all, is the yogurt you are eating sweetened or flavored at all? Yeast thrives/grows on sugars, so the yogurt should be plain, no added sweeteners at all. If you tend to eat sweets routinely, work on limiting those as well.

    I understand your concern about managing a thrush outbreak when you don't have easy access to a washing machine. Since yeast likes warm and moist places best of all, work on airing things out and keeping them dry. Does your apartment have a balcony or a big sunny window? In chronically damp climates, I believe people make a habit of airing out their bedding to prevent mildew etc., so you might consider that approach.

    If this gets worse or if you feel you do need medical treatment, then it is REALLY important that both you and Sophie get treated simultaneously. This is often easiest using a family doctor who can prescribe for both mother and baby. A pediatrician can't treat you, and an OB/GYN can't treat the baby. Also, don't let anyone persuade you that if the baby isn't symptomatic, she doesn't need treatment!

    I sincerely hope this turns out to be nothing out of the ordinary.

    --Rebecca

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliejacob View Post
    I am going to a Lactation Specialist today, hopefully she can shed some light on the situation.
    Juliejacob, how did that visit go? How are you feeling now?

    I admire your dedication and your sense of humor! I'm sure they will get you through these difficulties.

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