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Nipple pain - thrush perhaps??

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catec Wed 27-Aug-08 16:50:10

I have been breastfeeding for one month and have recently started getting stinging nipples (both sides) when I am due for a feed and/or at the start of every feed. It goes about 10 secs after starting the feed though. Is this normal or could it be a symptom of thrush? DD has a white tongue (but not sure whether it is just milk residue), and also a persistent nappy rash which I'm thinking could be fungal?
Advice appreciated...

Lucypearl Wed 27-Aug-08 18:05:16

My dd and I got what I think was thrush at 6 weeks. It felt really nippy when my milk let down and my nipples just felt a bit irritated and itchy. DD also had white tongue but tbh she still does so not sure if that's just a milk coating? We got a prescription from our HV - cream for my nipples and gel for dd mouth. Died down pretty quickly.

Getthekettleon Wed 27-Aug-08 18:23:54

The stinging could be the normal sensation of the breasts being full of milk and the let-down! I get this feeling when I'm fit to pop! As DD starts to feed on one, the other tingles like mad. If you aren't in pain I wouldn't worry.
If it is thrush you can get over the counter thrust cream for baby's mouth. Apply to nipple's and baby's mouth (need two tubes one for you one for baby).

LackaDAISYcal Wed 27-Aug-08 18:31:39

thrush typically manifests itself as pain towards the end of the feed and for some time afterwards.

agree that the tingling sounds like your let-down reflex kicking in and is perfectly normal.

some information on thrush from kellymom though fyi.

If you have any canesten 1% cream it's perfectly safe to put that on the baby's bottom to see whether it clears the rash or not.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 27-Aug-08 18:33:12

getthekettleon, oral daktarin is no longer indicated for babies under four months due to the risk of choking on a big gobbet of the gel. OP would need to see the GP for a prescription for nystatin drops.

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