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    Default Could this be thrush?

    Here's a photo of my 3 week old girl. I think this is just breastmilk residue on her tongue, but could it be thrush? She's been very gassy the last few days, but as far as I know, shows no other signs of thrush. (Unless hours of "grazing" at the boobs is a sign of thrush.)

    I have mild nipple pain after a feeding, but I think that's just a remnant from previously cracked and scabbed nipples, and they are currently getting used a lot by my little eater (it's not uncommon to have three hour sessions of her eating on and off). I experience pain for usually the first 10 seconds of latching on, then it goes away. The pain/uncomfortable feeling comes on after feedings and can last for hours. It's generally just nipple pain (kind of a mild throbbing), but I have been feeling some occasional pains in the breast - like a very, very mild shooting pain.

    We are using a nipple shield due to my flat nipples and difficulties with my baby latching. And my right nipple turns purple when I pump and after breastfeeding, but that goes away within about 5-10 minutes.

    Any thoughts or opinions would be much appreciated - thanks in advance!


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    Default Re: Could this be thrush?

    yep it could be. check out this link with pics and description that seems a lot like what you talk about.

    http://lactinv.com/breastfeeding_qna...rticle=tscreen

    also this is helpful

    http://www.google.com/cse?cx=0129797...ellymom.com%2F

    if it is thrush remember to get you and DD treated at the same time so as not to reinfect each other.
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    Thanks for the input! I'll call her pediatrician tomorrow and make an appointment.

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    Doesn't hurt to get checked out if you are worried BUT to me it looks a lot like a healthy baby tongue with some milk residue. Both my boys have looked like that after feedings and have never had thrush.
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    Samiha, did their tongues look like that all the time or did it go away between feedings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*asphaltqueen View Post
    Samiha, did their tongues look like that all the time or did it go away between feedings?
    When they were that age, I seem to remember them having it constantly, because they never went that long between feedings.

    If you are feeling pain and worried, then better safe then sorry. Especially with thrush you don't want to mess around. Were you on ABX during labor or since the birth?
    Beth

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    Do you have extra milk? Consider donating!
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    "So I was welcomed by the consolations of human milk; but it was not my mother or my nurses who made any decision to fill their breasts, but you who through them gave me infant food, in accordance with your ordinance and the riches which are distributed deep in the natural order." -St Augustine

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    Default Re: Could this be thrush?

    Yep, it's good to get checked, you never know. What a cute baby! I remember my daughter bf several times an hour and had white residue, although it wasn't patchy or lofty like an acute candida infection. The docs said it wasn't thrush.

    The nipple colour changes + related pain could be something else: Raynaud's phenomena. I have it, and decided to put the links in my signature to help anyone else wondering if it's thrush or not. If you live where it's cold now then it's possible, if you're in summery New Zealand it's unlikely to be Raynaud's.

    The nipple pain and shooting pain sensations are hallmarks of thrush and Raynaud's. White patches on tongue could be fungal, whereas colour changes on the nipple are vasoconstriction. Take note if you feel more pain due to temp changes: going outside? Feeling cold air from the refrigerated section of the grocery, or an open window? Getting cold when changing clothes? I'd recommend printing the Pediatrics article and bringing it to your HCP. I saw 5 docs including specialists who didn't know of it and diagnosed thrush because I insisted that I had crippling pain (true), but the LC knew right away and asked if I had Raynaud's: I do, in the hands, feet and nose. Now the nipples too

    While you're waiting for your appointment, it won't hurt anything to put on some layers and drink hot bfing-friendly tea or soup all day to see if keeping your core temp high relieves discomfort. If it does, it's probably Raynaud's.
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    Ouch! Is it thrush or Raynaud's phenomenon?

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    Default Re: Could this be thrush?

    Oh, while I'm reading up on Raynaud's again the Kellymom link to a PDF file,
    [PDF] Nipple Vasospasm -A Manifestation Of Raynaud's Phenomenon and a Preventable Cause of Breastfeeding Failure by Laureen Lawlor-Smith BMBS IBCLC and Carolyn Lawlor-Smith BMBS IBCLC FRACGP

    is also very useful. They cite nipple colour changes as a 'mulberry' colour. Hmm!
    Katharine
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    Ouch! Is it thrush or Raynaud's phenomenon?

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    Default Re: Could this be thrush?

    Thanks for the comments/suggestions! We just got back from the pediatrician's and it's not thrush. Just normal breastmilk residue. She does, however, have acid reflux, so I'm glad we went as they had some suggestions to help relieve her discomfort.

    As for my nipple/breast discomfort, I'll keep an eye on it and see what happens. I'm actually hot most of the time (I thought that would go away after delivery!), but I appreciate all the information on Raynaud's. I'll take a look at it later today after a nap.

    Thanks again for everyone's help, we really appreciate it!

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    Default Re: Could this be thrush?

    glad you resolved it.
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