Thrush and breastfeeding: all too often the two go hand in hand for breastfeeding moms and their babies. With the rampant use of antibiotics during child labor (for Strep B bacteria and C-sections) more breastfeeding moms and babies are dealing with thrush than ever before.
If you are breastfeeding and suspect you and/or your baby have thrush, here are some of the symptoms you need to look out for.
Breastfeeding Thrush Symptoms:
*Red, cracked or painful nipples
*Pain while breastfeeding that’s persistent (doesn’t go away after a few minutes of nursing)
*Deep, shooting pains in breast
*Itchy, red or flaky nipples
Infant Thrush Symptoms:
*White patches on tongue, gums or inside cheeks
*Loss of appetite
*Difficulty nursing or reluctant to nurse
Thrush and breastfeeding a baby can make life harder than it needs to be for both you and your baby. Let’s look at some of the most common treatment options.
The first option is prescription anti-fungal drugs. However, these carry the risk of serious side effects and do not cure the underlying imbalance that allowed the thrush to grow out of control in the first place. This means that you and your baby will remain vulnerable to chronic yeast, either as thrush or unseen in the digestive tract.
The other option is natural and home remedies. With 15 years of experience in the natural health industry, I’m a big supporter of alternative medicine but I’ve also learned you need to apply a discerning eye – especially when it comes to babies and children. For example, gentian violet, one of the most commonly recommended home remedies for thrush, carries the risk of increased chance for oral cancer later in life.
However, with the right approach, natural medicine is the best method to truly cure breastfeeding thrush and infant thrush quickly and naturally.