Candida albicans is a single-celled fungal organism that is widespread in our environment and normally lives harmlessly in the mouth, GI tract, skin and vagina. Under certain conditions immature or weakened immune system, broken skin, hormonal changes, antibiotic or corticosteroid use, etc. While you and baby are being treated for yeast, your refrigerated and fresh milk may be given to baby without a problem. Milk frozen during thrush treatment can be given to baby without a problem while you are still being treating for thrush. Many sources recommend that mothers do not freeze expressed milk for later use when they are being treated for thrush. We do know that freezing deactivates yeast, but does not kill it Rosa , so there is a theoretical risk that milk expressed during a thrush outbreak could reinfect baby at a later date.
I have thrush. Can I give baby my expressed milk?
Thrush and Breastfeeding Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment
We took months and treatment and a complete diet change to get rid of thrush for good. If you think you or your baby have thrush, see your healthcare provider ASAP. This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a commission, at no extra cost to you, if you purchase from my link. You can read our full disclosure policy here. Related: How to use a haaka milk collector breastpump.
How to Prevent Thrush When You Are Breastfeeding
Thrush is an irritating yeast infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans. Although this fungus occurs naturally in all human bodies, certain conditions allow it to grow unchecked, which leads to a thrush infection. It is most commonly seen in the mouth of newborns and babies less than six months of age; it also causes diaper rash, sore nipples and vaginal yeast infections.
Thrush is a common breastfeeding problem. It's usually not a serious condition, but it can spread quickly, and it's tough to treat. The best way to combat thrush is to try to prevent it right from the start.