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Can my baby give me a yeast infection while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: If your infant has thrush, a yeast infection in his mouth, he can transmit that to your breasts during breastfeeding. Early treatment of thrush can prevent this. Thrush consists of pearly white bumps inside your infants mouth. It is easily treated in both baby and mother.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Yes, baby can transmit the yeast from its mouth to your breast tissue. In addition, the act of breastfeeding predisposes to yeast infections as tissue that is covered (bra), dark, warm and moist will often yield an infection. Obviously, with breastfeeding, all those things occur and infections are not uncommon. Call your doctor if you feel there is a problem.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

When can I use for a yeast infection while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fluconazole oral or: clotrimazole twice daily for 3 days have been found to be equally effective in one study. Infants often develop thrush, or oral candidiasis and tolerate oral fluconazole well so trace amounts in breast milk would be safe for your breastfeeding infant. Minimal vaginal medication would be absorbed, and that option works well for some women.

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