I realized this on Monday and decided to do some at home remedies because at the time I was the only one with symptoms, since it was a holiday I wasn't able to head to my doctors and I wasn't sure how much of an "emergency" it was.
After my usual Google research I found out this is very common, especially in the summer months. With how hot and sweaty we have all been I guess I am not THAT surprised that this happened. Especially adding in the antibiotics that the hospital gave me after my surgery I should have been more prepared [Antibiotics change the normal balance between germs in the vagina by decreasing the number of protective bacteria.]
The symptoms that we were experiencing:
- pain while breast feeding, it felt like shooting pains deep in the tissue while she ate and after she ate.
- itchy and raw nipples [this can be normal if you have a bad latch with your baby but after three weeks of good breast feeding I knew this wasn't normal]
- white patches in Claire's mouth that I could not wipe away [if I could wipe it away then it would just be milk residue]
Thankfully we were able to get in and see our pediatrician pretty quickly, the treatment is not so bad but it can take a few days to a few weeks depending on us and how thorough we are.
- I have to give Claire a liquid medication 4 times a day and make sure she gets it on the inside of each cheek
- I have an ointment that I need to apply 4 - 6 times a day after she is done nursing.
So none of that is too bad BUT there is more, I have to wash my bras in hot water daily and hang dry in the sun [what?! lol sorry neighbors] Anything that comes in contact with her mouth or my nipples has to be sanitized. Wash my nipples with vinegar and change nursing bad after each feeding.
These are a bit annoying but oh well I am ready to get rid of this infection.
Thought I would share this with you in case you have a summer baby or just happen to have this happen to you.
I have amazing women in my life and they all helped pump me up and make me feel so much better!
Thank you all xo
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