Thrush

Breastfeeding Thrush

Thrush is a common but harmless fungal infection (candida albicans).

It occurs in both breastfed and bottle-fed children. Nearly everyone carries the fungus, but most people remain symptomless. It only manifests itself when our resistance is low, for example in case of illness or fatigue. And an antibiotic treatment, a vitamin deficiency or the wrong diet can also promote the growth of the candida albicans fungus.

How do I recognize thrush?

  • If your child suffers it can usually be recognized by:
    • White spots or a white haze in the mouth that will not be wiped away.
    • A pearly shine on the lips.
    • Drinking restlessly, frequent unlatching, or clicking with the tongue while drinking.
    • Diaper rash.
  • As a mom you can suffer from:
    • Suddenly painful nipples, when usually you feed for weeks or months without problems.
    • A burning pain on the nipples during and after feeding.
    • Painful stitches in your breast.
    • Itchy nipples.
    • Red nipples. Sometimes even with white spots or flakes.
    • Nipple gaps.
    • Regularly recurring blocked milk ducts.

How should you treat thrush?
You do not always have to show disease characteristics to still have a fungal infection.

1. If you have a suspicion of thrush, contact your doctor. This can prescribe a treatment with a fungicidal ointment or syrup.

  • Both you and your child have to be treated. Candida fungus is transferable from mother to child and vice versa.
  • In the case of stubborn thrush, the rest of the family members are also best treated.
  • An anti-sprue treatment should last long enough. To prevent the candida fungus from becoming resistant to the medication and / or the spruce characteristics. Usually after one to two weeks post-treatment, after all symptoms have disappeared.
  • For the right amount of medication, you should consult your doctor with a lactation consultant. When breastfeeding, different doses are sometimes recommended than with bottle feeding!

2. Wash your hands before and after feeding. And after handling your little one.

3. When you flask your milk, be sterile. Thoroughly clean all bottles, nipples and flask after each use.

4. Milk that may be contaminated with candida albicans - heat up to 60 ° C to kill the fungus. If you do not, milk can cause a reinfection. Freezing your milk does not kill the mold!

5. Your undergarments, such as nursing bra and shirt, will also have to be washed properly. Preferably at 60 ° C. As well as towels, washcloths, laundry cushion covers, bibs, cushions, and so on. Change clothes and the like daily.

6. Does your child often put his toys in his mouth? Then you will also have to thoroughly clean them. Just like the pool where you bathe your little one.

7. You (and your child, if it gets supplementary food) should also follow an anti-fungal diet:

  • No sugar, white bread, white rice, cow's milk, pork and veal, mushrooms, blue cheese, banana, grapes and raisins, alcohol.
  • Foods you can eat: sourdough and wholemeal bread, brown rice, flat cheese, young cheese, buttermilk, yogurt, soy milk, goat milk, raw vegetables, Brussels sprouts, blueberries, oranges, fish, lean meat, chicken, egg, legumes, cocoa, oatmeal , olive oil, garlic.

8. In addition to hygiene and diet, taking probiotics (both by yourself and your child) also supports the medical treatment of thrush. It strengthens the resistance and promotes good intestinal flora. Making the candida mold less likely to proliferate.

9. The swallowing of a vitamin preparation for breastfeeding mothers also provides treatment support. Because a vitamin deficiency can make candida worse.

10. If you want to prevent a re-breakout, please pay attention to:

  • your diet - point 7
  • hygiene - points 2-6
  • taking a vitamin preparation and probiotics (see points 8 and 9), especially during the winter months.

Also see these information articles: · Breastfeeding · Benefits · Bottling · Breastfeeding diapers · Changing food · Clustering · Duration · Empty days · Let down reflex · Menstruation · Milk channels and breast inflammation · Milk production · Nipples · Physical consequences · Positioning · Quickly stopping · Reasons to stop · Tandem feeding

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