Coconut Oil and Nursing?

I've nursed for more than 6 years total. You'd think my "nursers" (as we call them around here) would be tough as nails by this point. But nooo!


Esmond was still nursing during the pregnancy, but about half way through it started hurting to nurse. It kept getting worse, and I was inadvertently weaning Esmond because it hurt so much. I didn't want to wean him, he wasn't even two yet, but I didn't think I had much of a choice. I didn't know what was going on, but I just figured it was a pregnancy thing.

THEN Esmond got a diaper rash that would not go away and hurt. THEN I started noticing a yeast infection.

(Just a side note, but here's the deal. You know how they make fun of people on the TV that are repressed, well, you know, the "S" word. Not that one! The other one. Yeah, well, I am one of those people. And that's ok! I don't have to be comfortable saying all those words, or writing them as the case may be. Jeremy is the same way, and we are both quite comfortable being... uncomfortable. So this post may seem to be in code words, but bear with me.)

Maybe all of it was connected! That nasty candida! We got Esmond some antifungal cream, and I got some kind of yeast infection medicine. We cleared up his infection and mine, but it still hurt to nurse. I gave up. He only nursed once a day, and sometimes we skipped days, so it was bearable.

Fast forward a few months, I was hoping the painful nursing would just go away once the baby was born. Not so lucky. It hurt soo bad. Jeremy offered me a leather bit to bite down on while she was nursing. My poor nursers started cracking and bleeding too. Ohmygosh, it hurt!

My midwife suggested the anti-fungal cream on my nursers, but I had to wash it off before Noemi could nurse. She also mentioned coconut oil. And my La Leche League second Mom suggested sunning and airing.

I did the antifungal cream a couple times a day after Noemi nursed and went to sleep. But after every nursing session, I used coconut oil, and it helped so much. It kept the scabs soft, I didn't have to wash it off, plus it's antibacterial and antifungal. I put it on under the cream and it made it easier to wash the cream off, too.

I did also sit outside with Jeremy one day with just my nursers poked out toward the sun. It's a benefit of living in the country. But, because it's us, we were still very embarrassed the whole time. (He didn't even want me to tell you that I did that!)


We love coconut oil around here, for everything from diaper rashes to biscuits, but this was a new one for me. That's some good stuff, right there.

6 comments

  1. I LOVE coconut oil! I am always stunned at its many uses. I have been experimenting with it as a facial cleanser lately.

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    1. I love it too, Nathana. How do you use it for facial cleansing? I've used it as a moisturizer, but I've switched to argan oil for that.

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  2. Good job, Momma! It's always great to find something that helps out when the nursing process hits a snag. Keep it up! Hope you continue to heal and enjoy your sweet baby without pain. Blessings! ~Megan

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  3. Good tip! I love coconut oil but I haven't used it with nursing. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Carrie (visiting from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home)

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