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Nursing Tips to Avoid Breast Infection
Q.: I am 10 weeks post-partum and have had a breast yeast infection for 8 weeks now. My baby daughter has had thrush in her mouth. We have been given all kinds of prescription medications and ointments with no relief. Breastfeeding is horribly painful. However, I don’t want to give up nursing.
A.: Did you know that breast yeast infections are the most common condition during pregnancy, after delivery, and while nursing? Yeast infection (called thrush when it occurs in the mouth) is caused by a fungus called Candida Albicans. It thrives in warm, dark, moist environments, such as the mucus membranes of the mouth, the diaper area, skin folds, bra pads, and on persistently wet nipples.
Are breast yeast infections or mouth thrush contagious?
Yes, during breast-feeding, a yeast infection or thrush can be passed back and forth between the mother’s breasts and the baby’s mouth. A newborn baby can be infected with yeast during delivery if the mother has a vaginal yeast infection. The baby then can pass the infection to the mother during breast-feeding through the cracked nipples.
When to suspect breast candida
• If your nipples are extremely sore, cracked, itching, burning, red, or blistery.
• If you experience shooting pains in your breasts while nursing or afterwards
• If your baby has oral thrush (white, cottage-cheese-like patches on the tongue and sides of the mouth) or a diaper rash
• If you are taking, or have just finished taking, a course of antibiotics.
Candida can be caused by taking antibiotics, steroids and birth control pills. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, after giving a birth, can also make you more susceptible. Certain foods may be contributing too, such as consuming too many sweets. Yeast infections might be very persistent. Depending on the person, I use a combination of special diet, homeopathic treatment, and natural antifungal supplements. Through my 20 years of treating patients I have discovered the tremendous value of homeopathy in the successful correction of candida. Oregano oil and garlic destroys candida. A study comparing the anti candida effect of oregano oil to that of caprylic acid showed that oregano oil is over one hundred times stronger than caprylic acid. The health of the digestive system should be addressed. It is important to promote the growth of friendly flora in the intestines that protect your body from getting sick.
• Expose your nipples to sunlight for several minutes a few times a day. Yeast organisms hate sunlight.
• Eliminate or cut down on simple sugars, alcohol, vinegar, etc., which feed yeast.
• Change cotton nursing pads after each feeding
• Wear cotton bras and wash them daily in very hot water. Dry your bras after washing in the sunlight.
If you would like to have more helpful hints, please visit my website: www.homeopathytoronto.com
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