What is the best way to deal with a yeast infection?
If you feel you are experiencing a yeast infection, please call your primary health care provider, physician or lactation consultant. The treatment will include keeping the nipple area clean and dry, and applying a medicated cream, such an anti-fungal or other medication prescribed by your physician.
Begin the prescribed medication regimen by applying the anti-fungal liquid after each feeding or pumping session.
- Nystatin suspension or Lotrimin cream
- APNO: All Purpose Nipple Cream: a combination cream
- Don’t forget to wipe off the cream before you feed your baby!
A few things to do:
- Wash all bras and cloth nursing pads in very hot water to remove any remnants of the yeast fungus.
- Check your baby to ensure they don’t have any signs of infection. Pay attention to the baby’s mouth area as well as the diaper area, since diaper rash is common for infants who have been exposed to yeast on the breast area. If your baby has diaper rash, their buttocks may appear:
- sunburned or raw looking
- may have small pustule like bumps.
- Keep the diaper area clean and dry by changing the diapers often and leaving the area open to air whenever possible.
- Nurse your baby if you are able to do so without experiencing pain. If not, you may choose to pump as an option. Pump 2-3 days after beginning medication until you are feeling better.
- Notify your pediatrician for advice and medication to use on the baby.
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