I'm hoping for some advice. I've been breastfeeding exclusively since my baby was born 3 weeks ago. I've had very sore breasts for the past few days, more on the actual breast rather than the nipple, it feels like baby's mouth is rubbing against my breast and causing friction. After a feed my boob is red and shiny and there is a burning pain for a while. Baby's latch seems fine. After googling I thought I had thrush so went to GP this afternoon who prescribed cream for me and drops for baby without even looking at my breast or in baby's mouth.
I've managed to feed on both sides this evening, but after being in a lot of pain I've given baby a bottle of formula in the hope that the cream can start to work on my breasts and give my boob a break from feeding.
I was wondering if anyone had any advice as to clear up thrush quickly? Or any tips about temporarily introducing formula, I'm hoping to give a max of 1 bottle a day whilst I feel the pain is too much and will then revert to exclusively breastfeeding. I'm hoping this won't affect my supply as I really want to continue breastfeeding as is really been enjoying it until the bout of Thrush.
Any advice gratefully received, this is my first baby so I'm totally new to this.
Ah the joys of thrush. We're there too. Sounds like you've been prescribed nystatin for the baby, which is unlikely to work. Daktarin gel is the good stuff so maybe go back if not helping in few days? Also sounds like it might be in the ducts so I'd get advice on that. Hope it clears up soon.
Pain is in both sides but worse in left breast. Feel like I'd been getting on well with feeding before that. I had some pain in my nipples to start with but that seemed to resolve itself, then had a week or so pain free before these symptoms. I did have a 7 day course of antibiotics after birth.
Pain seems slightly better today, however I think I've generally found that it has been worse as the day has gone on, so not sure if it's an improvement yet.
That's helpful, thanks everyone. Notquite the outside of my nipples are often white after a feed, one nipple is a good shape after feeding. The other will be elongated after a feed, but perhaps be less symmetric, like a lipstick shape.
I think I'll contact the health visitor today ask was offered another appointment regarding breastfeeding, but at the time it was going well so I said I didn't need it. I was frustrated at the doctors consultation, he just took my word for it rather than checking me over. It was at a minor injury unit attached to my GP practice as all the appointments at the practice had gone, so I could go back to the practice to get another GP to check me over.
Will start with the HV though. Thanks again for your responses.
notquite I read the information on the link you gave. My baby is 5wks old and we were prescribed just the oral gel last week after presenting at the walk in centre. The nurse didn't look in her mouth as she was sleeping, and the only symptom is a thick white coating on her tongue, quite far back. However, she has a confirmed tongue tie and we're awaiting the snip. We've been administering the gel but should we stop? The nurse said there was no risk to the meds even if it wasn't thrush..
Bit of an update, called the health visitor, she was lovely, called around to my house 10 mins later. Checked my boobs and my latch and said she agreed with doc that it was thrush. She made me an appointment with the doc to prescribe the oral tablet as well as the cream so hopefully will get some relief soon.
It's difficult to know if I've got symptoms - I have on/off sore nipples and quite painful letdown recently, but she has a shallow latch and nipple feeds, partly to cope with my fast letdown. She's generally content but a pretty fussy feeder, coming on and off, refusing to latch and rooting hysterically. All of which was fun to contend with while feeding and walking in the park this afternoon!