So you know I'm passionate about breastfeeding. Part of the reason so many mom's give up on breastfeeding is the lack of help when it comes to dealing with problems. The problem that almost sunk my breastfeeding was THRUSH! I hate thrush.
I first got thrush when I had been breastfeeding about 3 weeks. I leaked and still leak like a loose faucet and I decided to save money by buying cheap thin nursing pads. So cheap that they trapped the milk next to my skin and I developed a yeast infection on my boobs, thrush. Yes, it's just like a yeast infection in your vajayjay and it is treated about the same.
My problem was that I didn't get help as soon as I had a problem. I thought it was my latch. I thought it was not nursing enough. I didn't ask for help. By the time I got help I was literally on my knees at night crying for hours the pain was so bad. One time Audrey tried to latch and I screamed and then she screamed and we both cried for an hour. It was bad.
I ended up going to my gyn/ob for an RX for diflucan (sp?). I had to go through two rounds! I also used Grapefruit Seed Extract and coconut oil. It was a good month before it was totally gone. Don't wait! If you think you might have a problem ask for help. Ask a friend, a local La Leach League leader, heck send me an email but don't suffer to the point of quitting, besides it hurts!
Here are some links that I found very help and that I turn to, even now going through thrush for the 4 time!
Dr. Jay Gordon: Identifying Thrush and how to use Grapefruit seed extract
KellyMom: Thrush Resources
Coconut Oil for Thrush Treatment
La Leche League - Thrush