Nipple thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, one of the most prevalent fungal infections. The species name “albicans” comes from the Latin word for “white” and in the case of thrush, it explains the white patches that appear on the tongue and cheeks of your baby when they have thrush.
While thrush isn’t serious, it’s unpleasant for you and your baby. The shooting pains can take all the joy out of breastfeeding and without treatment it may even cause you to stop breastfeeding. The challenge is to make sure that both you and your baby are treated to avoid passing it back and forth between you during feeding.
Knowing what causes it and how to prevent and treat it will help you to overcome this nasty little fungal infection that can negatively impact your breastfeeding journey.
Thrush is one of the many challenges you may experience during your breastfeeding journey. Here are my recommendations for keeping your breasts and your baby healthy.
Last but not least, get help swiftly (preferably from a lactation consultant) if you think you have thrush or any symptoms that make breastfeeding uncomfortable. At least 95% of breastfeeding challenges can be overcome with the right help and guidance. Your breastfeeding journey should be satisfying and rewarding.