If the yeast infection is inside the breast, and not just on the nipple, an oral medication will be needed.
Candida treatment usually takes 2-3 days before all symptoms clear.
Tea tree oil: Use a couple of drops of pure tea tree oil, mixed with coconut oil or olive oil, and apply to the nipples after each feeding. The mother needs to make sure that she washes her nipples before breastfeeding her baby again.
Apple Cider Vinegar: After each feeding, you can dab a few drops of raw, apple cider vinegar around the nipples.
Nystatin drops for the baby's mouth. A cotton swab may be used to apply
the medication to the mouth, being careful not to insert a swab back
into the bottle that has touched the baby's mouth. The medication is given
after all daytime feedings. For the mother, Nystatin cream will be
given first. It is rubbed into the nipples and areola after every
feeding. The cream does not need to be washed off before nursing.
Nystatin pills are sometimes suggested if symptoms still continue.
Garlic Supplements: Garlic is known to be a potent
yeast fighter. Add 4-6 capsules of odorless garlic to your diet during a
yeast outbreak and for 1-2 weeks after all thrush symptoms are gone.
Aloe Vera gel: Apply to the affected area for relief.
Echinacea: Echinacea is an immune system boosting herb, to be taken by the mother to boost her immune system.
Vinegar Rinses: Yeast cannot live in acidic surroundings. You can use vinegar to rinse off your nipples and your baby’s bottom, if necessary. Use
a half water, half vinegar mixture. Use a squirt bottle and squirt the
vinegar solution on your baby’s bottom before closing the diaper. This can be
used in the same way if the mother has a vaginal thrush infection.
Gentian Violet: Gentian Violet can be used on the nipple area, by painting the
nipples and areola once a day, at night. (Very helpful with nipple
thrush). Gentian Violet may also be used to paint a baby's mouth inside. It stains clothing, so dress your baby and yourself in clothing that can be bleached, or that you can throw away. Read more about using Gentian Violet for thrush.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This treatment consists of the mother taking a 250 mg capsule orally three times a day.
If you were told that you have a yeast infection, but the problem persists after treatment, there is a possibility that it is a bacterial (staph infection) and not a yeast infection. In this case you will need antibiotics. The symptoms of a staph and yeast infection are almost identical and ,therefore, frequently misdiagnosed.