Beast yeast!

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Website design By BotEap.comnipple yeast Candida albicans. Candidiasis. Thrush.

Website design By BotEap.comOften misdiagnosed, often the source of much unnecessary and excessive new mother obsession and angst.

Website design By BotEap.comSo let’s start with the fact that yeast is a normal flora. It is a fungus (hence the fungus above) that lives throughout the body in varying concentrations. In reality, we are never “yeast free”, nor should we try to be. This is an important fact to remember.

Website design By BotEap.comMy mother warned me as a child to never sit in a wet bathing suit or you might get “crotch rot.” Pretty graphic description for a yeast infection, but you better believe I always got out of my suit on time. Since yeast loves dark, warm, moist places, the vagina, mouth, and rectum are common sites for it to overgrow. Remember, it always lives at low levels in these places, but yeast is an opportunistic insect. Given the advantage, a wet bathing suit, the disruption of the pH of the sexual yeast grows too large and exceeds its limits. The result is a burning, raw, and sometimes itchy sensation.

Website design By BotEap.comWe pretty much only hear about yeast overgrowth on the nipples while breastfeeding. It is rare to have a yeast infection on the nipples at any other time. Lactating nipples are not only a warm, moist, dark place, but they also often have varying degrees of decay in the tissue. That, along with an already low immunity from lack of sleep, leaves the perfect opening for yeast to overgrow.

Website design By BotEap.comThere is a lot about yeast on the interwebs. I’ll give you my rundown on yeast: how to find out if you have it and how to get rid of it (i.e. bring it back to normal levels).

  1. Yeast sore is usually a new-onset sore, not a sore that has been around all along.
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  3. The yeast will slide over you slowly. If you’re paying attention, you may be able to reverse it with some natural remedies. If you’re not paying attention and he knocks you down, get drugs.
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  5. When you are a breastfeeding mother and latch your baby directly to the breast with or without a nipple shield several times a day, symptoms will almost always appear on both nipples. Bilateral symptoms are a hallmark of yeast, as the yeast travels from the baby’s mouth to one nipple, to the other nipple, and back.
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  7. You can re-infect yourself and your baby from the milk you expressed while it had yeast. It’s okay to use this milk while you’re being treated for thrush, but don’t give it to your baby after treatment is over.
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  9. You should, have to, have to treat both mother and baby to get rid of the yeast properly, even when the baby shows no signs of oral thrush.
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  11. It is a very good idea to treat for seven days after symptoms stop. If you don’t, the yeast overgrowth will often return.
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  13. The Internet will send you down a dangerous rabbit hole, convincing you that every surface in your home is teeming with yeast. He will make You whiten and wash with vinegar and boil everything you see! Don’t go down that rabbit hole. Just take the right medications so you can feel better.
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  15. Yeast is very often misdiagnosed when the real culprit is vasospasm. Yeast treatment almost always worsens vasospasms. So if you are being treated for yeast infection and your symptoms get worse worse, no better, you were probably misdiagnosed with yeast when you actually had vasospasms.
Website design By BotEap.comThat’s how I find out what’s up with a mom’s nipples. I ask her a series of seemingly repetitive but important questions about how she feels:

  • Is this a new pain or have you had pain all along? If you have had pain all the time, is the pain suddenly different or worse now?
Website design By BotEap.comIt’s really rare to have a yeast infection on your nipples right after delivery, even if mom was given antibiotics during labor. So, if she’s had pain since giving birth, it’s most likely a latching issue that’s causing trauma to her posterior nipple. Nipple trauma left you susceptible to yeast overgrowth, which may have taken nipple pain to a whole new level of intensity.

Website design By BotEap.comAlternatively, a fairly clear case of yeast is when the pain comes out of nowhere after a period where the mother has been pain-free. New onset of pain after a pain-free period is rarely the latch and is often yeast.

  • How do your nipples feel?
Website design By BotEap.comI care much more what mom feels than what I see. I find that the inspection of the nipples is often arbitrary. I can look at the nipples that look hot pink and Mom says they feel good, or I can think the nipples look good and she can say that she feels like someone is poking them with hot pokers.

  • How would you describe the bread?
Website design By BotEap.comI spend a lot of time talking in great detail with mothers about their sore nipples.

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Website design By BotEap.com“Both nipples burn before, during and after feeding. When the baby is nursing on one breast, the other nipple burns. The burning sensation starts in my nipples and radiates to my breasts. I don’t like it when nothing touches my nipples, like a towel after a shower because it feels so raw. It feels good to have my nipples open to the air.”

  • Pumping usually doesn’t feel the best for yeasty nipples.
Website design By BotEap.comIf you have pain when latching on, it often feels better to pump, as the pump provides an even suction. But the yeast is just as angry at the pumping as it is at the care. So I’m suspicious of yeast for a woman who says pumping doesn’t give her any relief.

Website design By BotEap.comOnce I’m pretty sure it’s yeast, I treat it. Now, I know there are a lot of all natural remedies, vinegar washes, laundry regimens, dietary changes, gentian violet, grapefruit seed extract, etc, etc. I think these strategies are only worth considering for repetitive, difficult-to-treat yeast that doesn’t respond to medication alone. The vast majority of nipple yeasts do not require the stress and workload that comes with the maddening yeast eradication protocols mentioned above.

Website design By BotEap.comIf you prefer to start with a more natural remedy, go ahead! Give it about five days. If symptoms improve, great! Keep going! If they get worse, you may need to consider taking medication.

Website design By BotEap.comWe treat mom and baby simultaneously for up to seven days after symptoms stop.

Website design By BotEap.comThis can take three days or 30 days depending on how long the yeast has been festering.

Website design By BotEap.comWe treat seven days after being symptom free because yeast loves to die down and hide, so it will let its guard down and stop treating only for it to sprout again. When you think the yeast is gone, keep treating for seven more days to Really get rid of it.

Website design By BotEap.comIf after three to five days of treatment, symptoms have worsened significantly, it is advisable to consider stopping treatment and re-examine the possibility of vasospasm.No yeast. If symptoms feel the same or slightly better, continue treatment. It can take weeks to combat the yeast to reasonable levels that don’t cause pain.

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