Friday, June 29, 2012

Thrush at almost 2?!

The dreaded thrush. In my group of girlfriends, it's said in hushed terms and I never quite understood why until one day, I realized my nipples had been KILLING me for a week. Megz suggested thrush and I realized that I had all the symptoms of thrush, Ella was on antibiotics and I had started taking the mini pill. BAM. I have thrush. I can't believe I didn't figure this out nipples are in an unGodly amount of pain, they are bright red, peeling, have had what looks like broken pores on them. It just didn't occur to me that it might be thrush because Ella has been on ABX many times before and she's 20 months old. I've been nursing for over 3 years and I've never had it just didn't occur to me!

First thing I did was mix up coconut oil, tea tree oil and vitamin e oil. The TTO and coconut oil mixture I found on a few different sites and I threw in the Vit E because of the peeling and the extreme dryness from the thrush. I figured it wouldn't hurt. I washed my bras and tanks in hot water and hung them out in the sun the next day. I also started putting an anti-fungal medication on them. I have a friend who has Dr. Newman's nipple cream for thrush and is giving it to me, so I have high hopes for that. I also sat out in my backyard with my nipples in the sun today. I was surprised that it actually made them feel better! And lastly, I'm taking a ton of probiotics daily.

Tomorrow, I'm going to start doing a vinegar rinse. I'm pulling out all the shots because I want this gone. So far, it doesn't appear that my children have oral thrush. I'm not sure how they managed that one other than the fact that they take probiotics everyday. I've increased their probiotics to twice a day and have them eating yogurt everyday and I'm keeping a close eye on their mouths. I know there are multiple natural ways to treat thrush...and as natural minded as I am, I am doing a combination. I just want it GONE and I also don't have insurance temporarily so if it gets worse and needed prescription meds...uhh!

But I now know why thrush is regarded as so awful. It feels like someone is trying to cut my nipples off with broken glass. In fact, I think that would feel better. I keep saying that I have a case of the major man-flu in my nipples because I complain about it...A LOT. But seriously, I've had mastitis, several clogged ducts, over supply, under supply, forceful letdown, cracked nipples, infected nipples...but nothing has been like this. Thrush sucks.


I started writing this post the day I figured out I had thrush and then promptly forgot about it. NOTHING I did was doing me any good. Thank God, a dear friend had Dr. Newman's nipple cream for thrush and gave it to me. I used it and within 3 hours, I already felt 70% better. My second application was at that 3 hour mark and it didn't feel like my nipples were being cut off with a plastic knife. BIG improvement! Within 2 days, my nipples barely even twinged. I kept it up for a little less than a week just to be sure. Thankfully, neither of my girls ever got thrush. I had them on a probiotic twice a day and I was also pumping probiotics into my system.

Thrush sucked. No doubt about it, worst breastfeeding ailment I've experienced thus far. Now I know what all the fuss is about. Thank God for Jack Newman's nipple cream...I'm all about natural treatments but this was so horrible I wanted to cut my nipples off and throw them into the Mississippi River. I honestly considered weaning both girls because of the pain.

Here are some thrush resources.

LLL Fact Sheet
Dr. Newman's Protocol

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Itsy Bitsy Crochet Boobie Beanie winner is....

Christine Callahan #1!!!! :)

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Friday, June 8, 2012

June Giveaway! Itsy Bitsy Crochet Boobie Beanie!

Itsy Bitsy Crochet is helping us with the June giveaway! She has an adorable boobie beanie up for the taking. Winner can pick any size and color. 

The giveaway starts Friday June 8th, 2012 and will end at 11:59 PM on Thursday June 14th, 2012. We will announce the winner on Friday June 15th, 2012.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Guest Blog: Is this Really The End? (One Little Mama)

Last week my son decided he didn't want to nurse to sleep for his nap. This was surprising and a little hurtful. I was completely confused at how my dedicated little nursling could suddenly do something so out of character. But the following day, he refused to unlatch for the entire length of his nap, so I shrugged it off.

However, in the days since, our nursing relationship has taken a sudden and dramatic shift. And this is none too pleasing to this little mama.

For the first couple of days, he still nursed overnight, but a couple nights ago, he refused to nurse to sleep and then when he woke up at 2 am, he refused to nurse again. He didn't seem to know what to do with himself, and frankly, I felt the same way. For the past 19 months, our go-to move has been breastfeeding. He cries, I nurse. He's teething, I nurse. He has a cold, I nurse. Whatever the ailment or trouble was, nursing was a surefire fix. But suddenly, he rejected it.

And the breastfeeding relationship is so intimate that it's really hard to not feel like he's rejecting me. In fact, it's impossible to feel any other way. Around midday yesterday, I started to feel engorged, so I pumped a measly half an ounce. I gave him that milk in a sippy cup with dinner. He guzzled it right down. So when my husband did the bath and PJs routine as he always does, I pumped again. This time I got two ounces. Again, he guzzled most of it and only left a little in the cup. So today, I pumped in the morning, at midday and in the evening with the intention of giving him a nighttime cup of milk. But he rejected it.

I've met every milestone of his with a smile. I couldn't have been happier to see him start crawling, then walking and talking. Every big boy move of his has seemed amazing to me. I love to watch him learn new things and explore the world, and he does it all with this look of pride and amazement on his face.

But this is a milestone I'm not happy to see.

Sure, there's a chance that this is just a nursing strike. He has been stuffy, and he's definitely cutting his molars. But there's something about his steadfast refusal to drink my milk, both from the breast and from a cup that feels very final to me. I'm going to continue to pump and hope that he changes his mind. But if this the end of this part of our life together, I wish I had known.

I'd have held him closer the last time we nursed. I'd have inhaled his sweet milk breath one last time. I'd have kissed his little hands and tickled his toes like we used to do. I'd have memorized every little sensation and look, and as cheesy as it sounds, I'd have cherished it more than I did. As it is, I can't quite remember when the last time was. Was it that nap? Or sometime overnight since then? I honestly don't know.

There's so much that's indescribable in our time together as a nursing pair, so much that I'm not ready to let go of. And I'm so surprised that he is ready to let go of it. I feel blindsided and sad and confused. How will I comfort him now? What will I do when he has a bad dream or falls and hurts himself? Holding him and rocking him was never enough. He always needed milk to help him feel better. Will it be enough now?

I feel like I have to learn the ropes all over again. I feel like I did in those newborn days when he cried endlessly and I didn't know how to help him.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

The winner for the cloth diaper cover giveaway issssss.......

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