Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Thrush {#BFBlogHop}

23 March 2013

Thrush {#BFBlogHop}

When I had mastitis and was placed on antibiotics, my OB-GYN told me to watch for signs and symptoms of thrush. Thankfully, I did not get thrush, but there were a few precautions I took to prevent it.

What is Thrush?
Thrush is also known as yeast or Candida. Candida is a fungus that grows naturally in the mucous membranes, but can grow excessively causing a yeast infection.

Because I was placed on antibiotics, I was at greater risk to develop thrush. Steps I took to prevent Thrush:
  1. Eating plain, full fat yogurt.
  2. Taking acidophilus supplements.
  3. Limiting {or trying to limit} my sugar intake.
  4. Using towels only once and having Drew wash them.
Signs of thrush
  • Painful nipples.  They may be sore, itching, or burning; they also may be pink.
  • Shooting pains in the breast during or after feeding.
  • The pain appears after a time of pain free breastfeeding and the usual remedies to treating sore nipples are not working.
  • Your baby may have a white tongue with cottage cheese like patches.
What to do if you have thrush

If you think you have thrush, speak to your doctor. You and your baby will be treated. You will have an anti fungal cream, and your baby will have an anti fungal suspension. Wash your hands every time after breastfeeding.  Allow your breasts to dry.

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