You can carry on breastfeeding while you and your baby are treated for thrush. Oral thrush in babies is usually treated with an anti-fungal gel or liquid. This is safe for your baby to have. It’s important to wash your hands carefully after treating your baby.
Can I still breastfeed if my baby has thrush?
Thrush may reduce your milk supply. It may also be harder to breastfeed while you and your baby are experiencing symptoms. However, you can continue to breastfeed during treatment.
Does mom need to be treated if baby has thrush?
If thrush is diagnosed, both mother and baby will be treated at the same time for at least two weeks, but breastfeeding doesn’t have to stop. A topical medication, like nystatin, is usually prescribed in a liquid form for the baby’s mouth, and the cream version for the mother.
What does thrush look like on breast?
There are usually no obvious signs of thrush on your nipples. However some signs may be present and include: your nipples may appear bright pink; the areola may be reddened, dry or flaky. Rarely a fine white rash may be seen.
What gets rid of thrush in babies?
Thrush often goes away on its own in a few days. Your provider may prescribe antifungal medicine to treat thrush. You paint this medicine on your baby’s mouth and tongue. If you have a yeast infection on your nipples, your provider may recommend an over-the-counter or prescription antifungal cream.
Should you stop breastfeeding if baby has thrush?
Your baby can breastfeed during an outbreak of thrush, but if he has sore patches in his mouth, he may avoid latching on or be reluctant to feed at all (if your baby is on a “nursing strike,” check to see if thrush could be the cause). Others aren’t bothered by thrush, and happily nurse away.
What can happen if thrush is left untreated?
Untreated oral thrush may spread the infection to other organs in cases of patients with weak immunity. This population includes people with diabetes, cancer and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The yeast may spread throughout the blood to other organs causing complications.
Does thrush make baby gassy?
Thrush can affect both you and your baby, or just one of you. A baby with thrush may refuse to breastfeed, repeatedly pull off the breast during feedings, be gassy and cranky, and have slow weight gain.
How do you get rid of thrush when breastfeeding?
Conventional treatment for thrush in breastfeeding moms and babies includes a topical antifungal cream for your nipples and an oral rinse for your child. Continue treatment as directed by your doctor.
Topical antifungals for you: