Fungal spores are formed in moist areas, most commonly in vagina but for breastfeeding mothers, even breasts, areola and nipples are the perfect breeding grounds.
Candida yeast is the commonest fungal infection in humans with mammary candida infecting both baby and mother as it continually spreads back and forth. Hence, both mother and baby need to be cured to get rid of the infection.
Various Secrets To Cure Breast Fungus
Include garlic in diet to boost the immune system that inturn keeps fungal growth in check.
Keep Breast Dry
Avoid moisture on areola and nipples to prevent its spread to the baby. For those mothers, who have constant leaking breasts, cotton pads need to be used to absorb the leaked milk and keep the breasts dry. Never make use of plastic breast pads or shells.
Take help of the potent fungal enemy, the regular sunlight, by getting exposed to sunlight in the morning and early evening. Sunbath of nipples twice a day, for 10 minutes each is very beneficial in warding off the fungal infection.
Vinegar Washes After Every Feed
Apply a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vinegar to areola and nipples with a clean piece of cotton, after every feed to prevent growth of fungus. Acidic nature of vinegar kills of the fungus residing over breast regions.
Limit Cheesy Sugary Foods
Restrict intake of alcohol, cheese, sugar, wheat, corn, starch, soy products and baked food products.
Instead include more of unsweetened yogurt to maintain bacterial balance that gets disrupted, leading to fungal infections. Avoid heavy consumption of dairy products except curd or yogurt.
Disinfecting The Daily Usage Products
Regularly disinfect toys, pacifiers, tethers, bottle nipples and pump for expressing breast milk by boiling them for 20 minutes and use fresh ones after one week or 10 days.
Washing hands become all the more important when one is undergoing fungal infection. Keep washing hands both before and after breastfeeding. Also clean baby’s mouth and breasts with neat cloth soaked in warm water, after every feed. All towels, clothing, undergarments and handkerchiefs need to wash in hot water to kill away fungal agents.
Make Use Of Topical Antifungal Creams
Anti fungal ointments like AF fungal cream, Gyne-Lotrimin or miconazole can be used liberally over areola and nipples, post the feeds. Wipe it off with a cloth soaked in warm water, before feeding the baby.
Those using nystatin cream, do not require cleaning it off before the feed as it is useful and safe for baby to treat oral thrush. For babies, who are treated with oral nystatin through a bottle, should be fed with bottle after vigorous shaking to thoroughly mix the antifungal medication.
There are certified probiotic capsules available to overcome breast fungal issues. Mothers can use 1 to 2 probiotic capsules after an hour of the meal. Consult the specialist to know the correct dosage, depending upon the extent of fungal infection that has occurred.
It is still significant to breastfeed the baby even after a fungal infection. One can start treatment side by side, without stopping the feeds. One must continue antifungal treatment for one to two weeks, even after the symptoms have subsided, to fully terminate the infection and prevent its reoccurrence.