11 December 2008

The Epic Battle of the (Not) Thrush 2: Electric Boogaloo

So...not thrush after all.

After all that, it turns out that I have Raynaud's Phenomenon. It is often misdiagnosed as thrush as it has very similar symptoms.  So after spending an obscene amount of money and effort trying to get rid of the yeast, it turns out that all it took was a heating pad and $3 bottle of Vitamin B6.  But the pain is gone, so hooray.  Turns out, sometimes, when you hear hooves pounding in the distance, you should think zebras.

But it would appear that my milk supply never recovered from the initial mastitis (and B6 is known to further deplete supply), so the next step in Adventures in Breastfeeding is attempting to increase that.  I'm crossing my fingers over fenugreek working.  The Pea just isn't gaining at the rate that he should.  Part of the problem (and I'm NOT complaining) is that he's just not fussing about not getting enough and he's sleeping so much at night that he really needs to get those calories in the day.  He's just so dang happy most of the time.  Seriously, he's just too adorable.  He makes baby pandas look like this in comparison.

4 comments:

Amy Oliver said...

try some beer or wine - it helps increase your supply and it's fun :) hehe

Karen said...

i was going to start with fenugreek, but i've heard the beer thing as well. who knew??

Slinkard Family said...

Karen,

I'm sure you're aware of this, but drinking LOTS of water, and maybe pumping in between feedings, can help increase your supply as well!

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Karen said...

I think another part of the problem is that it's hard for me to keep my calorie intake high enough. I need to keep more healthy snack-type foods around.