... Of thrush! I know I sound like a broken record on this forum, and I'm sorry... But I am absolutely petrified that I am going to get it. In the past few days, I have noticed some slight itching and burning and pinkness to the nipples, and my baby's milky tongue has me paranoid. She has also been pretty gassy & fussy, but her diaper rash DID get better with regular creams. I also had a c-section which means I probably recieved meds that would make me more susceptible. Nursing is not painful after the initial pressure of letdown, but I'm afraid that if I do have a very early infection, that waiting until it does hurt will have devastating effects.
I've been eating yogurt, air-drying my nipples, sleeping topless, changing breast pads every feeding, sunbathing by the window if at all possible, and washing my hands vigorously. I am self-admittedly a bit of a hypochondriac, but breastfeeding means so much to me, and I really don't want it compromised by a yeast epidemic.
It seems like a pretty complicated situation- besides all the painstaking sterilizing, contageousness, and pain, it also seems like everything I read says most doctors don't know much about it. The fact that it can spread to the whole family and live in fabrics stresses me out to the maximum- so bad that I doubt I could continue breastfeeding if I got it. Do you have to be so "gung-ho" about it from the get-go... Or is using catch towels, bath towels, shirts, and bras only once before sterilizing- using disposable silverware and dishes- and replacing toothbrushes and deodorant all only needed when it is persistent??
Does anyone have any advice for me?
Do lactation consultants charge for consultations?