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Breastfeeding and Thrush

If you follow me on Instagram (<– PS. I recently combined my accounts to make my life easier! Make sure you’re following me here for all things wine, fitness, food, and – of course, cute baby/toddler photos ;-) ), you are well aware that James and I had a run-in with Thrush.

Yay.

Can you sense the sarcasm? Ha!

Thrush while breastfeeding is NOT fun and I do not wish it upon anyone. What is Thrush? Basically, it is a fungal infection of your nipples and/or breasts caused by a yeast (Candida) that normally lives on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control and enters your milk ducts, Thrush happens. And yes, it is the same fungus/yeast strain that causes yeast infections in the lady bits. Ick.

For more information and resources on Thrush, check out this site. (Kelly Mom is my favorite for all breastfeeding questions/concerns, check it out if you haven’t yet!)

I am fairly certain both James and I had Thrush from Day 3 or 4. As with all newborns, he had a teeny tiny mouth and, at least for me, that always causes a bit of breastfeeding pain at the beginning. However, this time around, the pain didn’t subside after a few weeks… It just kept getting worse. Not only were my nipples extremely sore and it hurt to wear anything but a super baggy t-shirt, I had stabbing pains after each nursing session. It was MISERABLE and after it got to a point where I no longer wanted to breastfeed, I knew I needed to see a Lactation Consultant.

Yes, I know I probably should have seeked help a bit sooner, but I honestly just thought it was a small mouth/minor latching problem that would correct itself in time. Yeah, no…

The weekend prior to the 4th of July was my breaking point, and decided to Google my symptoms during a Saturday evening 2am feed. FYI – I don’t recommend Googling health symptoms in the middle of the night when you are sleep deprived ;-)

To my surprise, ALL of my symptoms pointed to Thrush of the breasts/nipples. I was also surprised (but I should have assumed) that recent antibiotic usage as well as steroid usage (such as a rescue inhaler for asthma) can increase your risk of Thrush. I had to use antibiotics and steroids twice while pregnant thanks to a nasty chest bug AND I also had been using a rescue inhaler for my asthma as my pregnancy with James triggered some breathing issues for me. AND because I was GBS+ with Dean (no test with James since I had been + before), I was given IV antibiotics during labor. I am certain all of these things combined weakened my natural fungal defenses and allowed the Thrush to set up shop in my body.

Thankfully, James’ pediatrician was open on July 3rd (PSL!) and was able to prescribe him oral Diflucan (a liquid anti-fungal medication) as both baby and mama need to be treated simultaneously to cure Thrush. If only one is treated, the fungus will continue to pass back and forth. It’s a tricky one to rid yourself of!

My OB’s office was closed over the 4th of July weekend and the on call message did not get passed onto my doctor (I was SUPER annoyed because I was in pain and wanted treatment!). Thankfully, I have a few OB’s in the family and was able to have them call me in a prescription for Diflucan as well. I took a double dose which took care of 75% of the pain. Unfortunately, Thrush likes to linger… and linger… and then linger some more. It’s like a bad house guest that JUST. WON’T. LEAVE.

In addition to taking the Diflucan pills 72 hours apart from one another, I also washed EVERYTHING in hot water and vinegar for three weeks, only used towels once (wet towels can harbor yeast… gross), gave James a new paci every 2 hours and boiled pacis after each use, changed my t-shirts/bras every time they got even remotely damp from milk. I am still using a 50-50 vinegar/water rinse on my nipples after each feeding as apparently vinegar’s acidity level creates an unfavorable environment for fungus. I’ve heard direct sunlight helps as well, but I didn’t want to expose my neighbors to such a sight, HAHAHA!

Honestly, it probably took about 2.5 weeks to be completely pain and symptom free. Although sometimes I think I still feel random pains that I think must be related. So, if you’re currently experiencing Thrush, be patient. Keep doing what you’re doing and know that it takes time. It should, however, feel a little better after a few days so if you’re still in excruciating pain, give your physician a call back for a different treatment.

If your Thrush/pain is only in the nipples and not yet the breast tissue, you can try to just be treated with anti-fungal creams. James’ doctor said that they prefer to use oral medication to prevent the baby from consuming any cream. Obviously, ask your doctor and your babe’s doctor what is best for your individual situation!

Moral of the story, SEE SOMEONE RIGHT AWAY IF BREASTFEEDING DOES NOT FEEL RIGHT!

I most likely would have avoided a few weeks of horrible pain had I just seen a doctor sooner.

Oh well, you live and you learn!

Are there any other mama’s who have experienced Thrush? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?

James Reilly – One Month Update

On July 8th, James turned one month old!

Similar to Dean, I am going to keep an online “baby book” – It is much easier for me to type these updates than it is for me to write them into a book for some reason.

Kyle, Dean and I are enjoying James! There are many ways he is the same as Dean (looks being one of them), but he is also different as all babies are. He is a MUCH better sleeper than Dean ever was, he also seems to eat more ;-)

Here’s an update on James’ first month!

Length: 21.75 inches – 48th percentile

Weight: 9 pounds, 14 ounces – 38th percentile (<– This is exactly the same weight as Dean was at this age!)

Likes:

  • Eating
  • Being held by Mama and pretty much only Mama
  • Baby art cards/Contrasting colors
  • Bathtime
  • Sleeping in the Rock ‘n Play and DockATot
  • Scratching my face… Mom makes me wear socks on my hands even though I look silly.
  • Being close to Mama in the Baby Bjorn
  • Tummy time

Dislikes:

  • Car rides/Car seat – Oh the SCREAMING!
  • Diaper changes
  • Being hungry – I have a really good hangry scream, you should hear it sometime.
  • Gas bubbles
  • Swaddles (I think we’ve turned the corner on this one as he’s been okay with the swaddle the past few nights!)
  • Pacifiers

Visitors:

  • Grandma Joyce
  • Aunt Laura and Uncle Tyler
  • Ms. Emily and Andy

Places I’ve been… I’m obviously a bit more relaxed about taking him places than I was with Dean at this age:

  • Target
  • Costco
  • My pediatrician’s office
  • The beach/Gulf of Mexico
  • YMCA
  • Riptide Brewery
  • Quite a few restaurants

Nicknames:

  • James-y
  • Milk hound

We don’t have as many nicknames for James as we did for Dean.

Overall, everything is going well. On some things he is a much more chill baby than Dean was but on others he is proving to be a bit more challenging. All kids are different, right?

He’s a great sleeper (knock on wood) so far. We don’t have a bedtime routine quite yet, but he gets a bath every other night and his last feed is somewhere between 8-9pm. He wakes up between 1-2am and then again around 4:30/5am and after he eats for 15-20 minutes, he goes back down fairly easily. Dean HAD to have a paci to sleep when he was a baby but James hasn’t taken to them yet. He tends to just spit them out. Oh well!

James is a good little eater as well. He’s taken to a bottle and has 3-4 without any issue over the past couple of weeks. We had a “fun” battle with Thrush but *I THINK* that is finally resolved. Thank goodness – Talk about painful!! It can linger foreverrrrr so I’m still being overly cautious about it. I plan on writing a post about it in the near future.

Here’s to Month TWO!

Dean’s One Month Update, if you’re interested, is here.

DockATot Review

This is not a sponsored post. I purchased our DockATot Deluxe+ and was not provided any discount from DockATot.

If you’re a new parent, you’ve most likely heard the hype surrounding the newest magic sleeping bullet for babies.

The DockATot boasts some pretty impressive online reviews – Babies sleeping through the night (like 12 hours through the night!) after being introduced to the DockATot, colicky babies being soothed, long naptimes, and cosleeping parents feeling less anxiety by placing their infant in a DockATot, just to name a few.

For the exhausted new parent, reading these reviews is enough to have you clicking “SEND ME ALLLLL THE DockATots” when you’ve been awake comforting your newborn from 2-4am. No, my purchase wasn’t made on impulse in the middle of the night ;-)

After chatting with a new of my fellow new mama friends who have used the DockATot, I decided to take the leap and purchase the miracle worker for James. The price tag is steep – $165-185 USD for the Deluxe+ model, but thankfully, Target now sells the DockATot and I was able to use a coupon to save myself a few dollars.

I wouldn’t say James is a bad sleeper. He is actually MUCH better in the sleep department than Dean ever was at his age. He typically wakes twice per night to eat and goes back down fairly easily. (KNOCK ON WOOD…) The only issue we had been facing is that he does not like the bassinet we used for Dean. He could also “halfway” rollover in his swaddle from birth so we were nervous to place him in a crib or bassinet while swaddled. The DockATot seemed like it would be a good alternative as it keeps babies cozy and warm as if they are swaddled.

I was slightly concerned about safety as there are sides on the DockATot, but the fabric is breathable (I tested it when it arrived) and it has been tested for that specific safety feature. It also claims to not harbor heat, but I’m not sure this is entirely true. James doesn’t get super warm while sleeping in the DockATot but I do think it keeps him warmer than if he were just in a bassinet or crib. The DockATot is also harmful substance-free, machine washable (yasssss!), and easy to travel with in either a car or a plane <– Nice for families that are on-the-go as baby always has a familiar place to sleep.

So, is the DockATot a magic sleeping solution?

Eh, I’m not convinced. It is a nice baby gadget? Yes, for sure! Kyle and I both feel much less anxious if we place the DockATot in our bed as a cosleeper than if we were to not use it. (Also FYI, we have a king sized bed… It would be a tight fit if you have any smaller of a bed size with the DockATot). I don’t think James sleeps any longer when sleeping in his DockATot vs. our Rock ‘n Play or in a baby wrap/carrier. There are also MUCH cheaper (and just as safe in my opinion) options for infant cosleepers on the market.

That being said, we will continue to use the DockATot. It is soft, safe, and easy to use which I appreciate.

As all parents know, there isn’t a single solution for all babies whether it be for sleep or feeding or fussiness. Each baby is different and for every parent that claims the newest baby gadget is a miracle worker, there will be another parent that says it is didn’t do squat.

My suggestion? Before purchasing, find a friend with a DockATot and borrow it for a night or two to see if it works magic on your new baby before spending the big bucks!

Have you tried the DockATot? If so, did it work nighttime magic on your infant?

Time for a change!

Tomorrow, July 8th, marks ONE month since James arrived in our world. Where does the time go?!

I would say that I had a fairly easy pregnancy… actually, I take that back. No pregnancy is EASY, but I had zero health complications and for that I am grateful. I was pretty nauseous until midway through my pregnancy however. For me, nausea = ONLY consuming carb- and fat-filled foods like pizza, quesadillas, cheese, pizza, and more pizza. Did I mention pizza? Ha! I was on the carb-loading pregnancy train, and to be honest, I haven’t yet jumped off yet.

My eating is a bit better these days (by a bit I mean I don’t eat pizza once per day…) and I have more self-control now that my body isn’t being ravaged by crazy pregnancy hormones <– read: I don’t give into every. single. craving. my body throws my way these days. Thank goodness because with James, my cravings were NOT healthy, haha! But my eating still needs a major shift back to the healthy side.

I am *slowly* dropping some of my baby weight, or so I assume based on photos of myself. I won’t weigh myself again until my 6 week appointment in a few weeks. I’m thankful that breastfeeding helps me get back to my non-pregnancy normal. BUT I must say that I am more than ready to kick this postpartum booty into gear and get rid of the rest of my baby weight!

Here are my 2 week postpartum photos:

And my 4 week postpartum photos:

In case you’re wondering, nope, I definitely do NOT like these images of myself but these “before” photos are going to make my “after” photos even more rewarding!

Some may say that 2 months postpartum is far too early to focus on weight loss. I say to each their own! I feel good, James is already a much better sleeper than Dean ever was (knock on wood…), and I’m getting back into my fitness routine next week (Eek! Join me for BODYPUMP, Naples friends!). Eating well and losing the extra weight will only give me more energy to be a better mom and teach better classes!

On August 1st (yes, I know it is a Tuesday – I like starting with the number 1, LOL), I will be kicking off my postpartum 24 Day Challenge! I am ridiculously excited for it if you couldn’t tell ;-)

I know I’ve raved about AdvoCare often on this little blog of mine, but I absolutely believe in this program. It works if you work. Nope, it’s not a quick fix or a crash diet. You don’t starve your body. It is a real food program that teaches us how to incorporate healthy habits into a lifestyle. It is sustainable and you will see results if you follow the plan.

You can find my “Dean postpartum” AdvoCare results here.

Whole, healthy foods + supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps = A healthy, more energized YOU!

If you’re looking to lose a few pounds, find more energy, feel fantastic, or you just want to kickstart a healthy lifestyle, I’d LOVE to have you join me.

The products are safe and effective and my supportive and motivating AdvoCare community is the best! If 24 days isn’t your thang, there are plenty of other options – You can shoot me an email (becky@olivesnwine.com) for details or to join me.

I am super excited to start feeling healthy and energetic again and can’t wait for you to feel the same – Let’s do this together!

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