Itchy Breasts: The Itch you Can’t Scratch

While a mother is breastfeeding, there are a number of side-effects that could come with it. There are times when mothers suffer from itchiness of the breast. Not on the nipple or areole, but the breasts itself. It’s been described as a ticklish-itchy feeling.

The exact cause is hard to pinpoint. Doctors have come up with several reasons. Some lactation consultants say it could be from low estrogen from breastfeeding and it would go away after a mother is more weened (1a).

Another probable cause is thrush. Thrush is a common yeast infection that can occur when the mother or baby have been treated with antibiotics or can be contacted at the time of birth if the mother has vaginal yeast infection. Thrush is commonly guilty of causing sore nipples. The nipples or breasts may also appear reddened or bright pink.

Some treatments a mother could follow to remove thrush would be: (1b)

1) Cut out all sugars, and simple white foods from your diet. Yeast thrives on sugar and simple carbohydrates.

2) Drink A LOT of water. More than usual, to help clear toxins.

3) Start taking a probiotic. This gives your body good bacteria’s that will fight the overgrowth of yeast. Take 2 capsules 30 minutes before breakfast and take 2 more capsules on an empty stomach at bedtime, so the probiotic can work in your intestines all night long. It is best to drink filtered water while you are doing all this since the chlorine in tap water will reduce the number of beneficial bacteria in the probiotic.

4) Ask about All Purpose Nipple Ointment. It can be very effective.

Thrush can be treated and breastfeeding can and should continue during treatment. Both the mother and baby need to treated. Symptoms in the baby could appear as having a diaper rash or white patches on the inside of the mouth, gums or tongue (2a).

 

Citations:

1: http://www.circleofmoms.com/breastfeeding-moms/help-for-itchy-breasts-412724

2: http://www.stronghealth.com/services/womenshealth/maternity/breastfeedingproblems.cfm

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