Itchy nipples while breast-feeding can be a sign of a yeast infection in you, or thrush in your baby’s mouth. A yeast infection can affect the nipples and other parts of the body, including the mouth (where it is called thrush), genitals, and breast.
Does breast engorgement cause itching?
For example, breast engorgement during pregnancy can sometimes cause itching. People with severe thyroid problems or liver problems can also feel itchy — but this would often be associated with other symptoms.
How do you tell if you have thrush while breastfeeding?
Itchy or burning nipples that appear fiery red, shiny, flaky, and/or have a rash with tiny blisters. Cracked nipples. Shooting pains in the breast during or after feedings. Intense nipple or breast pain that is not improved with better latch-on and positioning.
Can I still breastfeed with thrush?
Treating thrush when you’re breastfeeding
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.
Do breasts need time to refill?
The more milk your baby removes from your breasts, the more milk you will make. Despite views to the contrary, breasts are never truly empty. Milk is actually produced nonstop—before, during, and after feedings—so there’s no need to wait between feedings for your breasts to refill.
How do I know if I have Paget’s disease of the breast?
Possible signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast include: Flaky or scaly skin on your nipple. Crusty, oozing or hardened skin resembling eczema on the nipple, areola or both. Itching.
Can I pass thrush onto my baby?
Oral thrush and breastfeeding
If your baby has oral thrush, they can potentially pass the fungus to your breasts or other areas of skin. If you have a breast yeast infection or nipple yeast infection, you can potentially pass the fungus to your baby’s mouth or skin.
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:
How do I know if my baby has thrush or milk residue?
One of the easiest ways to tell the difference is to try and wipe off the residue with a warm, damp cloth. If the residue comes off or becomes less noticeable, you’re dealing with milk residue and not thrush. Keep in mind that milk residue is more noticeable after feedings and only appears on the tongue.
Do I have to throw out breast milk if I have thrush?
If you do pump extra milk during thrush treatment, do not discard it. Label the milk so that you know it was pumped during a thrush outbreak, and then go ahead and freeze it. As noted above, milk frozen during a thrush outbreak may not be a problem for a healthy baby.
Does thrush make babies fussy?
2. Oral Thrush. Oral thrush occurs when a yeast infection is present inside the mouth, and is a common cause of fussy infants.