Thursday, February 26, 2009

So just imagine that 24 hours out of TWENTY-FOUR HOURS it feels as though you are being cut by a few HUNDRED razor blades on your NIPPLES.

That's what I'm going through.

It hurts so much I'm walking around crying. EVEN WHEN I'M NOT BREASTFEEDING.

So I'm hunkered down for a few days, hiding from everyone, probably not going to answer the phone or check email or blog. Too Much Pain.

Went to BC Women's again thismorning to the lactation consultant. Had a different lady today - she told me to stop both the topical and liquid Nystatin as it's simply not strong enough for the Thrush anymore and to get Miconazole instead (Which is pretty much Monistat). Put it on before and after feeding (apparently he won't spit this up as he doesn't ingest it or whatever) (can't really explain much right now as I'm in too much pain to think), like I was originally doing with the Nystatin.

If I don't see an improvement in 48 hours, I'm to pick up a prescription for Diflucan (Fluconazole). That's the big-assed pill you get when you have a yeast infection... it's pulling out the big guns. No messing around.

I'm calling my GP tomorrow to see if she will call it in for me to have on reserve.

This has just got to end. I can't believe the pain. Let alone the time it takes to feed my little guy.

20 minutes right breast (seriosuly, like clockwork he pulls off after 20 minutes most of the time), two seconds to gulp down the pumped milk (usually about 20-30 ml only), then 20 minutes back on right breast. Then 30-40 minutes to burp, clean, change, and try to sooth to sleep. Then 30 mintues to pump 10 ml for crying out loud. Then I get to sleep for 1/2 hour and it starts all over.

All in a day's work as a mom I suppose! And it's only just starting. Wait till he starts to drive!!!! :)
Once this clears up everything will seem more hopeful as I won't have to pump, which takes SO MUCH TIME (also have to sterilize everything afterwards - the pumping and maintenance takes about 40 mintues which I'll be incredibly grateful to get back!), just right now it's extremely stressful because of the blinding pain.




Stephanie said...

I was thinking you needed Diflucan from the get-go! With such a horrid infection, it's not unheard of to take one everyday for a week. I've seen recurring infections have to take one everyday for a month... Though the relief is quicker than that, it's just making sure it doesn't come back.

I hope you get some relief SOON - I cannot even imagine. Ouch.

Alison said...

I almost exclusively pumped for my little one. I'd suggest checking with your pediatrician to make sure you NEED to sterilize after each pumping. Once my little one got to be a few weeks old it wasn't necessary. Otherwise - these bags ROCK -

I'm sure you can find them locally. Best wishes - you will get through it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Steph -

I was reading the above comments and was a little alarmed. Diflucan is a serious medication and from what I have been told over the years from various medical doctors, you should not even take two in a month, let alone everyday or even a couple of times per week. I would seriously consider getting expert opinions on that information.

Also, Diflucan is definitely not a safe drug to take while you are breastfeeding so you will need to find a formula that you are comfortable with during the time you are taking it. There is an organic formula at Capers that is quite good.

Hopefully the monistat cream will work and you will be thrush-free soon.

I truly empathize with what you are going through. Hang in there.
Love NIcola

P.S. You might also call La Leche League - they are amazing with tips about what to do to alleviate pain, frustration, worries, fears, etc...

Stephi said...

@Stephanie: I know... why didn't I just go for it in the beginning to avoid all this pain and torture? And to avoid the stress that now comes with each feed (although now that I'm on Diflucan I feel much better about feeding as I know the pain will be gone soon).

@Alison: I have to sterilize anything that has come in contact with his mouth or my nipples as the yeast is so infectious and grows and grows and grows and keeps coming back. It's the devil I tell ya.

@Nicola, Diflucan is safe to take while breastfeeding. In fact, it's so safe and so little crosses to baby that I have to continue an oral dose of nystatin for him to make sure we both clear up. If you can send me anything that says different, please do so.. but doctors ok'd it. It's only a dangerous drug if you have liver disease or liver issues. And mine is pretty pickled. (JOKING!!!)

Alison said...

Glad to hear things are starting to get better. Once you get through this -- it will get better.

Mommy Project said...

OWWWWCh. I've been just cringing reading this. I ~really~ hope that you feel better soon.

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