Anyone have a good treatment method for thrush on the nipples? My 7 week old doesn't seem to get too affected (and if he does all of the usual treatments work for him). I just can't seem to clear it up on me. So far I've tried nystatin, apple cider vinegar, Dr.Jack Newman's APNO, gentian violet, and Canesten. (Canesten is working best so far)...

asked 30 Mar '10, 16:45

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Wow, it sounds like you are having a tough battle!

Here are some other suggestions from Dr. Sears:

  • Yeast organisms hate sunlight, so give your bra and breasts a sun bath. Expose your nipples to sunlight for several minutes several times a day. After washing them, dry your bras in the sunlight.

  • Air-dry your nipples after each feeding.

  • Avoid plastic-lined breast pads that irritate skin and trap leaked milk

  • Change nursing pads after each feeding.

  • Wear 100 percent cotton bras and wash them daily in very hot water.

  • Thoroughly wash pump parts that come in contact with your breasts in a bleach solution and boil them in water for five minutes daily.

  • Give your baby his anti-yeast medication shortly before a feeding so that you can receive some of the benefit of the medication, as well.

  • And eat lots of probiotic yogurt!

If you live near Toronto you might want to make an appointment at Dr. Newman's clinic, as well.

Good luck!


answered 30 Mar '10, 19:34

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i know this sounds crazy but bagbaum works great. its for cow udders and worked wonders for me, like over night. just make sure to wash your nipples before you nurse. it comes in a green tin. you can get it at hardware stores or some drug stores. in vermont bagbaum works for everything. i can't imagine my household without it.


answered 31 Mar '10, 16:49

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i had to use a anti-fungal cream (forget the name) on my nipples for about 6 weeks for it to clear. Can't remember the name of it but if you ask the pharmacist they should be able to give you a good one for your nipples... i used it every second feed and if i forgot i definitely felt it! it works almost straight away! but you have to use it for up to 2 weeks after symptoms have gone to make sure it's definitely gone otherwise you just reinfect you both over and over again!


answered 31 Mar '10, 09:39

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What worked for me was vineger, keeping my nipples dry and I also used coconut oil. If it is real bad you may want to go to the get some oral nystatin so that way it is safe for the baby to nurse.


answered 01 Apr '10, 04:51

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Just thought I'd add this link for the excellent Breastfeeding Network leaflet on treating nipple thrush. It is written for health professionals, the idea being that mothers can download it and take it with them to their doctor.


answered 06 Jan '12, 15:56

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