Thrush on your nipples and in your baby’s mouth is caused by an overgrowth of the organism Candida albicans.
This is the same organism that causes vaginal thrush, and is a yeast that is a normal part of our microbial flora, but when it gets out of balance and has a population explosion, it can cause very unpleasant symptoms such as itching, pain and the production of white discharge.
Causes of thrush on nipples
Causes can include antibiotic use, hormonal changes, high stress, high sugar diets, and the uses of some medications including the oral contraceptive pill and corticosteroids.
Once the cause is established as being definitively candida, herbal and homeobotanical remedies can be used to kill off the candida and boost the immune system, while probiotics are given to recolonise the environment with beneficial bacteria.
Getting rid of thrush on nipples
In the case of the nipple, we use herbal formulas topically and Qbaby CandiEase Drops internally, alongside probiotics.
In the case of the baby, the Qbaby CandiEase drops are also used, alongside BabyBiotics, and the same herbs as are used for mama’s nipples can be used to wash out baby’s mouth, such as an infusion of calendula.