On Tuesday, January 4th Lucy will be 3 weeks old. Breastfeeding is very important to me. I breastfed Lizzie for 24 months and David for 14 months. I had trouble for the first 4-6 weeks with both Lizzie and David. With Lizzie, I had to use a nipple shield because she just would not latch. I never figured out why, but thankfully around 5 weeks or so she latched with no problem and we threw that shield away! David had a terrible latch at first. He gave me lots of pain when he put his tongue in front of my nipple instead of under it – he was trying to slow down my fast flow.
I was really hoping to have an easy newborn nursing experience with Lucy, but it wasn’t going to happen. My milk came in on day 2 – the fastest yet! But her latch wasn’t fantastic either. After I finally trained her to latch correctly, I dealt with the pain of engorgement. Soon as my engorgement went away around week 2, I still had bad nipple pain, and I noticed white stuff on her tongue.
So we went to the doctor.
And one quick glance into Lucy’s mouth solidified her diagnosis – thrush. We were given oral Nystatin for her and Newman’s Nipple Cream for me. And after a week of treatments I am so proud to say she and I are symptom free!
The worst thing about Thrush is the pain I felt even when I was not nursing. Newman’s nipple cream was a lifesaver and so were the hot showers.
After speaking with other moms I learned of a natural product used to treat Thrush and if my prescriptions didn’t work I was going to try it – Gentian Violet. The only thing I don’t like about it is how purple the baby’s mouth gets during treatments.