My first trip down breastfeeding lane was not an enjoyable one. Aside from my boobs feeling like they were being feasted on by piranhas, I was doubly insulted when my doctor declared I had mastitis. In addition to drugs and rest, she prescribed nursing through the pain. Not particularly excited about her orders, I followed some simple tips to keep it as painless as possible. To see what they are, read more
Thrush is a term that women rarely concern themselves with prior to motherhood. Defined by A.D.A.M., thrush is:
A yeast infection of the mucous membranes of the mouth and tongue. Thrush is caused by forms of a fungus called Candida. This organism lives in your mouth and is usually kept in check by healthy organisms that also live there.
Like many fungi, thrush thrives in warm and moist environments — making baby's mouth and mommy's breast a perfect breeding ground. If undetected, thrush can lead to mastitis.
To see the tips I was told on healing and preventing thrush when my baby girl got it, read more
In my days of baby preparation, I read tons of pregnancy books to soak up as much information as possible. Most of the texts offered up a small section dedicated to mastitis. Seemingly not that common, I skimmed over it and didn't pay much attention to the subject.
To see why that was a mistake, read more