With Elijah, my fourth baby, I dealt with "thrush" - basically a yeast infection that happens while nursing. Baby usually gets signs of the infection in his/her mouth (white spots on tongue/gums), while Momma gets very sore, red, ITCHY nipples. Ouch.
I dealt with this on and off (mostly on) for 11 months with Elijah. Seriously. 11 months. It was awful. I tried the prescription cream, but apparently I wasn't consistant enough, as we kept re-infecting each other........over and over and over again.
So yes, this time, not even 1 1/2 weeks into lil' Micah's life, I have thrush again. Micah is also now showing the "white spots" on his tongue. Ugh. I can't believe it happened so fast!
Now I'm sure that I have an OVER-abundance of yeast in my system. I'm not dealing with other kinds of yeast infections (PTL!! - ugh), but this one alone is awful!
What I want to know is has anyone else dealt with a over-abundance of yeast in their body? How did you deal with it? What did you do to get rid of the excess yeast? Did you try a certain diet?
I am on a probiotic (Acidophilous Blast) that, while it doesn't kill the yeast, it *does* repopulate the body with the GOOD guys! I just found out that my supplement provider (www.beeyoutiful.com) now offers something called YEAST ASSASSIN LIGHT. This actually does kill the yeast, yet doesn't contain all the harmful-to-pregnant/nursing ladies ingredients as it's full-strength counterpart (Yeast Assassin). So I will be ordering some of those here soon as well.
I have heard of anti-yeast diets, but I'm not sure about any in particular. We are currently eating a lot of meals from others, so we are taking what we get (thank the Lord for those families!!) - but after that time, I could really use some suggestions as to how to EAT my way out of this mess..... And just saying "lay off the sugar".....well, what does that mean? Just no sweets? Nothing with sugar, or just no white sugar? Can I have honey? What about stevia powder?
I have heard that basically, in order to combat the yeast, my diet should be mostly proteins (meat, beans, etc.) and veggies - while cutting back BIG TIME on carbs and sugars. Yup, carbs & sugars......I'm guessing those are my main diet ingredients at this point. That's what I crave - all related back to the over-abundance of yeast - which craves sugar......vicious cycle......ugh.
Overall, things are great! My mil leaves tonight (after she takes us out to dinner - how sweet!), so I will be missing my laundry queen..........yet overall, I enjoy laundry, so it's not *that* bad. My parents arrive tomorrow (my dad's first time to see baby Micah!), bringing back Selah - HURRAY!! I miss that lil' girl.....
So all in all, life is great. Right now, it just comes with itchy boobs. great. :/