Treating Thrush Infections

June 19, 2012
Treating Thrush Infections

Thrush is a common yeast infection that occurs in many breastfed babies and their mothers. Yeast occurs naturally in everyone’s bodies, but if it grows too rapidly, an infection can develop making breastfeeding more challenging. By following a simple treatment, as recommended by a doctor or healthcare provider, mom and baby can return to normal breastfeeding very quickly.

What causes thrush?
Thrush is caused by an imbalance of yeast in a baby’s mouth. A strong immune system and a healthy amount of “good” bacteria is typically enough to maintain a normal level of yeast, but, if your baby is ill or on antibiotics, a thrush infection may develop. Also, if you had a yeast infection during pregnancy or childbirth, or if you received antibiotics after your delivery, your baby may be more prone to a thrush infection while breastfeeding.

What are the symptoms of thrush?
If your baby has a thrush infection, you may notice white patches in your baby’s mouth. Some babies experience little or no discomfort, while others’ mouths become inflamed and painful. You may notice your baby is less interested or fussy during breastfeeding because of the irritation. It’s also possible for your baby to pass thrush on to your nipples, and vice versa. If you notice irritation, redness or shooting pain in your nipples, you may have a thrush infection too.

How can I treat it?
If you suspect thrush, reach out to your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment options. He or she may prescribe a topical anti-fungal treatment or an oral medication for both you and your baby, as it is easy for mothers and babies to pass thrush to one another. When you’re not breastfeeding, try to keep your nipples clean and dry. If you’re pumping, thoroughly clean and dry all pump parts that come in contact with breastmilk. If you or your baby aren’t feeling better after 10 days, your doctor or healthcare provider may recommend an additional treatment plan.

Moms, do you have any tips for treating a thrush infection? Share your experiences in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “Treating Thrush Infections

  1. Hi
    My lil one is 4 months yesterday he was clamping down on me I now feel like I have thrush.
    Also Medela one swing pump has been a nightmare extremely unhappy with it.
    Milk has gotten in tubing 3 times.
    Now it’s not sucking strongly and makes a funny noise Airey noise.

    • Hi Danni – We’re really sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your pump. A member of our customer service team would be happy to help figure out what’s causing these issues and get this resolved for you as soon as possible. Please call 1-877-633-3522. If you think you might have a thrush infection, reach out to your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment options. Stay strong, mama!

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