Expressed milk: Safe when being treated for thrush?

Can I offer my son my expressed milk the following day even though we're being treated for thrush?


Debbi Donovan

Debbi Donovan is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a retired La Leche League Leader. For more than a decade, Debbi... Read more

You can safely feed your son your previously expressed milk, even though you and your baby are being treated for thrush. Do not freeze the milk for use in the future, or use the expressed milk once you are no longer being treated, as reinfection may occur.

To help rid you and your little guy of thrush, remember to boil all pump parts, except the gasket, that are in contact with your milk. Also boil pacifiers and bottle nipples once a day for a minimum of five minutes. Each week, throw away those used bottle nipples and pacifiers, and replace with new ones. And keep washing your hands. It's one of the best, and easiest, defenses against infection. Best wishes!

Need Advice?
Get answers from iVillage experts and other moms just like you!
Question Details
  1. Pick a subject:
Connect with 1,039,394 members just like you
Share your knowledge, ask questions.