Tuesday, August 24, 2010


These nasty little yeast buggers are zealous in their attack and we are still fighting them off, but it is much better than it was a month ago, so I thought I'd share what has worked and what hasn't.

Isaac's Mouth
This us where grapefruit seed extract has worked the best. Isaac's mouth was covered in whiteness, but after a day of swabbing his mouth every couple of hours (10 drops GSE to 1 ounce of water) and his mouth was completely clear! He still gets some whiteness on the sides of his tongue and I'll put some more GSE on it. I think that will stop when I get the thrush out of my nipples.

Isaac's Diaper
Isaac had a thrush diaper rash. I trief swabbing him with the diluted GSE, but it didn't seem to work well. I tried putting him in vinegar also. But what really got results was naked butt time with sunlight and lavender. Two Sundays ago when McKay and Margaret were at church, I was able to sit just outside our door with his rash in the sun. I also put some lavender on his rash. The next day, it was noticeably better. I kept up with the lavender and gave him a couple of hours of naked butt time every day and it's pretty much gone now.

My nipples
I've been taking probiotics and limiting my sugar intake. Along with that, I've been using GSE on my nipples as suggested here. Maybe I'm not consistent enough, but it hasn't gotten rid of the thrush. I gave my nipples some sunlight time on Sunday, but it's hard to find a way to expose them to the sun when we don't have a yard of our own. It'd be really nice for California to have topfree laws because the sunlight worked well. Unfortunately the thrush grew back when I had to stop the sun exposure.

I did make an interesting observation yesterday after my walk. It was the hottest day we've had all summer and with wearing Isaac in the wrap and pushing Margaret up hills, I was a sweaty mess.When I was nursing Margaret down for her nap, I noticed that my thrush had gone down. After she was asleep, Isaac and I took a shower and put new clothes on because I didn't want to be smelly or wear damp clothes because thrush thrives in damp conditions, but I wondered, "Why did my thrush go down?" Maybe the pH of sweat makes the environment too harsh for the yeast to grow? When I googled it, I read about how exercise makes your overall body pH to change, keeping yeast from growing and is helpful for people with constant yeast infections, but that seems more like a longterm solution versus an immediate one. An hour-long walk wouldn't kill off my thrush that quickly, would it? That's why I think my discovery yesterday was more about the sweat than my body pH. But I could be wrong. Still fighting the thrush over here, though.

Margaret hasn't shown any signs of thrush, but I've been giving her probiotics as a precaution. I might need to get more strict with her treatment if I can't get rid of this.

So that's what I've been doing. Maybe I need to just take a bath in grapfruit seed extract. That would work. I'm open to new suggestions if you have any!


  1. I'm glad the GSE is helping a little! One thing that helps with thrush is being vigilant about laundry - washing everything that comes in contact with baby or your breast in the hottest water you can, as frequently as you can. You can even add 15 or so drops of GSE to your rinse cycle.
    Also, a lot of moms swear by Dr. Jack Newman's APNO. He will give you a prescription via email, them you can fill it at a compounding pharmacy: http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Candida-Protocol.asp. Good luck!

  2. I feel for you. I am in a similar situation as you are. We (me and my 2 nurslings) have been fighting thrush for a few months now. Just this weekend it seems to be gone, I hope it stays away.

    We tried lots of the same things that you are using. Things that seemed to help the most:

    Not wearing a bra while I was at home, just a loose T-shirt that I would change when it got wet. I make a lot of milk and otherwise I would be wet all day.

    Taking GSE orally- I think that you can get capsules but I just diluted it in water (or juice preferably) and drank it.

    I also got a prescription for an All Purpose Nipple Ointment. It is listed under Jack Newmans protocol for thrush. The link is here: http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Candida-Protocol.asp

    Good luck!

  3. I don't have any ideas but I'll keep you in my prayers.

  4. How do you apply the lavender for diaper rash? Will it work for any persistant diaper rash or just thrush related ones? Maybe this is why my cousin mailed me a bottle of lavender essential oil! It's been sitting on our desk for a month because I didn't know why she sent it and I didn't want to look stupid and ask, lol.
    I hope it clears up soon and I'm glad it's avoided Margaret!

  5. Abigail-
    Lavender is antifungal and antimicrobial in general, which is why I used it for the thrush. It's a mild oil and usually doesn't need a carrier oil like tea tree does, but you can dilute it in a carrier oil for a baby so it's not so strong. I've used it on burns in the past. You could probably use it for diaper rashes in general. I'm sure there are recipes online.

  6. How do you know your thrush went down over a matter of an hour? Did it just hurt less, or is there something you can see?

  7. Thrush makes my nipples red- in fact the tip of the nipple will be purple-ish. I can also see little tiny red dots like pin points on my nipples. My thrush is "better" when they are less purple and there are less red dots. And if there are less stingy sensations.

  8. sarah4:39 PM

    Alkaline diet? Alkaline/Acid test strips to check where tour bodies levels are at.

  9. I can feel for you since both my sis and I battled this little bugger for longer than a few months. We went right to the source--Dr. Jack Newman and he gave us some great advice. We up-ed the GSE to 15 drops per ounce and I applied it with a cotton ball before and after every nursing. I also started using an over-the counter anti-fungal cream on my nipples right after nursing which really helped kick it. I think adding the GSE into the wash was a great help as well. Don't forget about your towels or birth cloths... those can carry the yeast too!

  10. If you live in Berkeley, it's actually legal to go topless (whether you're male or female) in public. Or at least it was when I lived there until 2002. Hope that helps!

  11. The only thing that ever worked for our family was gentian violet. Sure it makes a big purple mess for a few days, but always cleared it right up.


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