After 4 weeks of taking antibiotics to get rid of the staph infection in my breast . . . I now have thrush! Lovely. Just lovely.
Because I was in so much pain from the incisions where they drained the abscesses I really wasn’t paying attention to any other pain. But after those pains subsided I noticed a burning, stinging sensation below both of my breasts after nursing. One night it was so bad that it brought tears to my eyes. I finally got on a breastfeeding support forum and did a search for the word “burning” and yep, up popped the symptoms of thrush. Yuck.
The antibiotics took away all the good bacteria as well as the bad causing a yeast infection in both of my breasts AND in Brigham’s mouth. Apparently we just pass it back and forth between one another.
After a visit to the pediatrician’s office they confirmed that Brigham does have thrush. I rushed over to my OB’s office where they confirmed that the yeast infection had already moved into my milk ducts where it’s more difficult to get rid of.
So here I go with another round of antibiotics for two weeks and I also have to give Brigham liquid in his mouth four times a day. Can I just tell you how much he loves that? Yeah, um, not so much!
The only good thing that came out of this is that we got to weigh Brigham at his appointment. I was prepared to hear that he hadn’t gained much weight due to all of our complications. I almost fell on the floor when they told me he is 9 lbs, 5 oz!!! He was 6 lbs 14 oz when we were discharged from the hospital six weeks ago. That is over a TWO POUND GAIN already!!! After everything I’ve been through I was so happy I almost cried.
I’m glad that I got that good news because at least I know that no matter how many problems we’re having, Brigham is getting plenty of mama’s milk! And no, I’m still not going to quit! I have to believe that breastfeeding will again be enjoyable soon!