When my first daughter was born in April 2006 I was determined to breastfeed no matter what. I was attending La Leche League meetings and when she was just six weeks old I attended my first local La Leche League Conference. During the first couple months postpartum we developed an intense case of thrush. It was extremely painful to nurse and I would cry every time she’d latch on, but I was not going to give up. I guess there are some positives about being stubborn! A visit to the doctor got us a prescription for Nystatin, but it didn’t seem to help. I contacted my La Leche League leader and did a lot of online research until I found something that would work for us.
Below, is what I have found has worked for me in my battles with thrush:
1. Start taking a good, quality probiotic supplement. I really like the Nature’s Sunshine and Garden of Life brands, but there are other good brands out there as well. Ask your doctor, chiropractor, or natural health professional what brands they recommend. I hear a lot of people say “Well, can’t I just eat yogurt?” Honestly, you could, but only if it is unsweetened. Flavored yogurts in the store are loaded with sugar and many have additional additives as well.
2. I LOVE the Miracle Salve PLUS from Kerry’s Herbals. Make sure you get the PLUS Miracle Salve and not the regular as the PLUS has the good yeast fighters in it. I would apply this to my nipples a couple times a day and it would heal my nipples in a jiffy. I have also used it topically for Athlete’s Foot and yeasty diaper rashes as well. This stuff is worth it’s weight in gold!
3. Eliminate sugar from your diet. This is very important. I have learned the hard way that if you don’t completely take care of it then you will continue to struggle with it off and on. If you continue to struggle with thrush or other yeast issues then I would highly recommend following The Candida Diet.
4. Find a good anti-fungal. The Candida Diet website has a great list of anti-fungals.
5. Attend a La Leche League meeting if you can. This is a great place to get some good support and find other moms who may have struggled with the same thing.
Please note: This is not medical advice as I am not a doctor or medical professional.