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Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections (related to thrush on baby for BF)
from Pregnancy & Childbirth Tips by Gail J. Dahl
(excerpted from pages 88-89)
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections
Clear your body of excess yeast now if you are having persistent yeast infections. During the course of any treatment for vaginal yeast it is important to cut out sugar and decrease dairy and bread consumption. Purchase any generic bottle of acidophilus capsules (our friendly bacteria) from the cooler in your health food store. Take 2 tablets vaginally for 3 nights before you sleep and take 2 capsules orally a day with your evening meal. If you are prone to yeast infections continue to take the acidphilius capsules orally until the end of your pregnancy and for the first few months of breastfeeding. Always store acidophilus in your refrigerator.
Excess yeast in your system can be transferred to your baby through the birth canal. Yeast can cause thrush in a newborn and will cause problems with breastfeeding. Thrush shows up as white patches inside your baby's mouth and your nipples become extremely sensitive and sore, making breastfeeding difficult and painful. Should thrush become a problem during breastfeeding, you and your baby will both have to be treated to eliminate it and the drugs available for this threatment are extremely expensive. As always with any challenge you may experience during breastfeeding, call a La Leche Leader or a Lactation Consultant at your nearest hospital. Always consult other women who have breastfed for breastfeeding challenages. You need someone who has personal experience. The La Leche Leaders are always only a phone call away.
If your yeast infection persists, see your doctor for alternate treatment. Some vaginal infections may mimic yeast infections but may actually be trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis, gonorrhea, chlamydia or even herpes. A quick test by your doctor can easily show you the cause of the infection.[/b]
(She then has an excerpt from: Take Charge of your Body, by Dr. Carolyn DeMarco which has even more information. This is just a small portion in pages 90-91.)
After you have had yeast infection confirmed by culture, or while waiting to see your doctor, you can begin treatment right away with some simple over the counter remedies. An old remedy that is effective against both yeast and trichomonas is the use of a clove of garlic. The garlic is peeled but not nicked, and wrapped in gauze making a tampon with a gauze tail. The garlic is inserted vaginally and left in place for twelve hours. The treatment usually goes on for three days. For relief of itching try witch hazel compresses, warm water baths with Epsom salts or baking soda, or a poultice of cottage cheese on a sanitary napkin. Other natuarl anti-yeast preparations include a new and highly effective preparation of grapefruit seed extract in doses of five to fifteen drops three or four times a day taken orally in juice for 5 to nine months. This extract is sold as "Nutri-Biotic," a liquid concentrate that can be purchased at drug and health food stores.
The vagina has a wonderful built in defence system. But in today's fast-paced lifestyle, with it's over-reliance on drugs, poor diet and environmental stresses, natural defence systems can be overwhelmed. A simple yeast infection now and then is easy to treat but chronic yeast infections requires a more thoughtful and thorough approach.[/b]