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Old 04-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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My Yeast Battle

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Anyway, I am now nearing the end of a 10 day course of diflucan. It has rid me of the yeast I think, but I'm still getting daily shooting pains. Is this normal? Does it go away?

DS is 8 weeks old, and I've been fighting new BFer pain and/or yeast since the start, so I don't really have a "normal" to compare to. Nobody else BFs in my family -- all the rest of the babies were born in the "formula is better" time period, and my sister chose not to nurse/pump.

The pains ...well they are painful of course. But it feels sort of like my breasts slightly harden up, especially if they are fairly full when it happens. It happens frequently when DS first latches on, or if he's crying. Is it just a painful MER maybe??

I'm baffled and may seek out a LC around here as I think my doc was at his limit just trying to treat the yeast.

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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I'm not sure about your situation, but I know I got shooting pains with thrush that were pretty extreme. But I also felt a very strong let down reflex at the beginning of breastfeeding that felt similar to the shooting pains of thrush. So I'm thinking you're probably right about the MER, if you're having no more symptoms of yeast issues and you havent been nursing long enough for the reflex to settle down. Good luck! If you continue to have issues with yeast for you or your baby, we've really loved Nutribiotic's Grapefruit Seed Extract. I take it in capsule form because this liquid tastes awful, but it can be used diluted on diaper area, and in babies mouth as needed. (or to clean pacifiers if you use them, or put in laundry as needed!) Its awesome stuff. Vitacost has it cheaper than the manufacturer. Good luck!
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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But MER never hurt until the yeast. Is it common for the sensation to change over time?

Bought some of that GSE last night for dipe laundry. I tried some...WOW AWFUL!!! Even super diluted in a full glass of water, I couldn't down it. Capsule form is the only way to go I think.

DS hasn't really had issues with the yeast until just before we started this 10 day course. That was when he first showed even the tiniest sign of thrush. So, I think he probably got it from me. And I presume I picked it up in the hospital after the c/s.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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But MER never hurt until the yeast. Is it common for the sensation to change over time?

Bought some of that GSE last night for dipe laundry. I tried some...WOW AWFUL!!! Even super diluted in a full glass of water, I couldn't down it. Capsule form is the only way to go I think.

DS hasn't really had issues with the yeast until just before we started this 10 day course. That was when he first showed even the tiniest sign of thrush. So, I think he probably got it from me. And I presume I picked it up in the hospital after the c/s.
You can also add 10-20 drops of the GSE to one ounce of distilled water and use the solution on your nipples. The recommendation for Dr. Jay Gordon is every hour, but I used it about every 3-4 hours with good results.
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I had to use diflucan for 21 days for our thrush. It was awful. I even tried GSE and gentian violet but 21 days did the trick for us.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:21 PM   #6
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if your breasts harden up or feel fuller/heavier the shooting pains are the rapid refilling of your milk ducts.
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