Ugh. When Cooper was a month or so old I started having a lot of pain when I was breastfeeding, except I'd already been having pain, so I didn't realize there was a problem right away. Over the next couple weeks I started dreading showers because the water felt like razors, crying every time he latched on, and having shooting pains through my whole breast after each feeding. It was a yeast infection & by the time I got medication for it I was putting ice on my breast before & after each feeding just to tolerate the pain. Cooper didn't show any signs of thrush (a yeast infection in his mouth), but he was treated too, of course. Within a couple days he had thrush & even had to be put oral medication instead of topical because he managed to spread it to his hand by sucking on his fingers (because he had blisters from clenching his fists all the time). It was really one of the worst experiences of my life. We finally got over it, but then a month later it was back again. Fortunately, I knew what it was right away so it didn't get nearly as bad the second time around.
A while ago, Cooper had an ear infection & had to be put on antibiotics. I happened to be on antibiotics at the same time, so I was sure the yeast would be back again, but I didn' t get it & Cooper didn't get thrush. Cooper did get a terrible diaper rash that became a yeast infection though. I felt so bad for him & I wished I had gotten it instead of him. We got medication for him, started using disposable diapers instead of cloth for a while, & it went away pretty quickly. I washed his cloth diapers in hot water & vinegar several times to get rid of the yeast, but when we started using the cloth again it came back! I felt awful! There wasn't a whole lot I could have done the first time, but I felt terrible that the diapers I put on him caused it to come back. We went back to disposables & it went away without medication.
I researched on the internet & found several suggestions on how to rid diapers of yeast, so I chose the most complicated & thorough one I could find. It involved several separate hot washes with vinegar, Oxiclean, and baking soda, tons of cold rinses, sunning the diapers, & drying them on high in the dryer. So I did all the washes, all the rinses, & hung the diapers out in the backyard.
But, Cooper's still in disposables. I just can't bring myself to put a cloth diaper on him - I'm terrified I'm going to infect him again! I think I'm going to have to do all the washes, rinses, hanging, & drying again, maybe several times, & then maybe I'll feel okay with tyring them out again. So if anyone has any suggestions for getting yeast out of cloth diapers, let me know!