It’s not uncommon for women to have a yeast problem when they’re breastfeeding.
Baby can get the problem in the mouth. You might see some white spots there on the inside or the tongue. It’s actually not uncommon at all.
There could be some nipple thrush. I’ve seen that quite regularly in patients as well.
The key thing with nursing is to get an excellent immune response. A good immune system helps protect against Candida.
By sleeping more, getting support, by getting help from friends and family, and by eating a healthy diet, a mom can support her immune system.
The key foods to eat are foods that are not going to be high in sugar.
I don’t recommend lots of caffeinated drinks, lots of chocolate, lots of candy, or lots of ice cream.
Make sure that you’re eating good food and good quality protein foods, in particular. If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, I recommend having some kind of meat in the diet when breastfeeding. I don’t recommend peanut butter because it can be quite allergenic.
Eating healthy fats is also essential when you are breastfeeding.
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Avocado is quite a good fat. Fish like salmon or oily fish is going to be quite a good fat to have when you’re breastfeeding. Coconut fat and good quality fats like organic sunflower oil, a good quality sesame oil, olive oil, or omega-3 fish oil supplements are all a good idea.
Be careful particularly with fruit when you are breastfeeding. I suggest having low sugar fruits such as green apples or old-fashioned sour apples. Pomegranate, avocado, and berries are other good fruit choices.
If your child has an oral thrush issue, be very careful with the type of fruits you eat. Drink plain water.
I don’t believe chocolate is a good food to eat when you’re breastfeeding.
Raw cacao may be a better snack food if you want to go that way.
I’m a big fan of vegetables during breastfeeding. Spinach has folic acid, and seaweed provides some iodine, both of which are important nutrients.
Anti-Candida foods that I consider to be safe during breastfeeding include garlic and ginger. I’m not a big fan of anti-fungal supplements, although some doctors do prescribe nystatin. For some women with a serious case of yeast infection, it may be necessary to take nystatin.
Stress is one of the biggest issues that many women face when they’re nursing.
Remember, folks; stress can wreck your immune system. It can cause a lot of problems that can facilitate Candida.
If the baby’s got oral thrush, consider this homeopathic remedy for the baby called borax. Borax is often available from homeopathic pharmacies. Some women I know put a little bit of coconut oil on their finger and run that around the baby’s mouth.
Sometimes a little bit of coconut on the nipple area can help with nipple thrush. .
Some people use probiotics during breastfeeding. Probiotics work for some women, but some women get side effects. Bifidobacterium is particularly good for the baby.
Another option is CanXida Restore, which is perfectly fine to take when you’re nursing.