Pink, sensitive nipples that sting between feedings signal this yeast infection. "A baby's gut naturally gets colonized with yeast, but because a newborn's immunity isn't very strong, he can develop an overgrowth and pass it along to his mother," Dr. Gabbay says. Other signs: white patches on Baby's inner cheeks or gums, or a fungal diaper rash (it's red and raised, with satellite red spots). See your pediatrician to get an accurate diagnosis. You and your baby will both require an antifungal medication. To prevent thrush, do your best to keep your breasts dry (yeast thrives in warm, moist environments), which means avoiding lanolin after the first week postpartum and changing wet breast pads often. Take care!
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.
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