Thrush is a yeast infection that grows in baby’s mouth and then passes from a baby’s mouth to mother’s nipples causing sore and itchy nipples.This shows the connection between breastfeeding and thrush.
The various reasons behind babies suffering from thrush are mother’s vaginal yeast infection during delivery, mothers taking antibiotics, mothers suffering from diabetes, if the rubber nipples or baby toys are handed carelessly, infected hands of the caretaker of baby etc.
Through breastfeeding thrush can easily be passed off to the mother’s nipples as thrush thrives in warm, damp and sugary environment which is same in baby’s mouth during breastfeeding. Also, thrush infection develops on breasts due to inadequate rest, more stress, eating sugary foods, consuming steroids or antibiotics, allergies, injury to nipples due to poor positioning during feeding etc.
The signs and symptoms of thrush are: babies get white patches in mouth while mothers suffer from cracked nipples, deep and shooting pain in breasts during and after feeding, red or pink burning and shining nipples, swollen nipples, vaginal yeast infection etc.
As mother’s milk is the main source of feeding a child, thrush has to be cured as soon as possible. Consult your doctor for medicines like antibiotics or anti fungal creams. Moreover, you can avoid thrush and if you already have it then remove it completely by following the given steps.
Avoid using foods which are processed, stored and high in sugar. Drink lots of water and keep yourself and your baby clean. Relief will come within 1 or 2 days but if the pain is severe it will normally take 3 to 5 days. Always keep in mind that breastfeeding should continue throughout the treatment.
If feeding the baby becomes very painful then pumping the milk and then feeding it to the baby is a prescribed option. However, this should be done using high quality pumps with an assistance of an experienced person.
Other precautions to be followed are: rubber nipples, toys which baby takes in mouth and the parts of breast pumps should be boiled everyday and should be replaced after every week. Mother should wear a clean bra everyday and should rinse the nipples with warm water before and after feeding and let them dry.
Nursing pads should be changed after every feeding. Add a cup of vinegar to the water with which you wash your and your baby’s clothes.