When I had my first daughter, I got a yeast infection, Candida albicans, in my breast. It was awful and terribly painful. I vowed never to experience that again. Here is what you need to know to avoid it.
Most often breast and nipple thrush is shared by mom and baby. In baby, it shows up as a white tongue, but usually causes no discomfort in the baby. The oral thrush in the baby is treated by an antifungal prescribed by your pediatrician. When baby has thrush, the breastfeeding mom should assume she has it in her breast and treat herself accordingly. Your obgyn or midwife will prescribe an antifungal cream for you. For mom, it can cause severe nipple and breast pain, especially during breastfeeding.
Warm, nutrient rich breast milk creates the perfect breeding ground for yeast. Keeping moist breast pads close to the breast encourages yeast growth. Also when you are rundown, you are more susceptible to yeast and mastitis. Below are the secrets to avoiding and curing yeast if you get one.
Everything that touches your body is single use. Bras, bed clothes, towels, and washcloths are for one use only. Wash them in hot water with bleach, if possible. This is the super important. Yeast multiply crazy fast.
Keys to Prevention
Single use for towels, bras, nightgowns, shirts, and washcloths.
Daily eat yogurt.
Take vitamin C supplements.
Drink teas frequently: peppermint, ginger, fennel, or lemongrass all have antifungal properties.
Reduce, limit, or eliminate sugar, alcohol, vinegar, fermented foods, wheat, grains, and bread. If you have a yeast infection, eliminate those items from your diet.
Eat more onions, garlic, dandelion, bitter greens, chili, lemon juice
Drink more water and suggested teas.
Julia Erickson, the founder of Aphrodite Project, is a wellness authority who uses food, meditation, and movement to create extraordinary health and wellness. Julia's practice is focused on helping women thrive and heal from chronic disease. She is also mother of seven.