Can using a breast pump cause thrush on the nipples?

December 20th, 2010 by Emily
cause of thrush
by bill barber

Question: Can using a breast pump cause thrush on the nipples?
i only pump i dont nurse, and lately i’ve been having symptoms of thrush of the nipples (shooting pain through out my breasts, itchy nipples, a dry cracked nipples) and i was just wondering if the plastic from a breast pump could cause me to get thrush?

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Answer by Leah~Ariana’s Mommy 10/23~
I don’t think it’s impossible, but it sounds to me like you’re just getting tried out. Have you tried lanolin lotion?

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2 Comments on “Can using a breast pump cause thrush on the nipples?”

  1. Leslie K says:

    You could get thrush from anything really
    If you were on antibiotics you could thrush.
    There’s all sorts of reasons
    Now, if you actually have thrush and EP, you will need to sterilize your pump parts every time you use them.
    You need to be taking probiotics to ensure that this doesn’t happen again
    Use gentian violet if indeed you discover you have thrush
    Here’s some info
    http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/yeast.shtml

  2. Cindy says:

    How long have you been pumping for? if you’re a new mother that could be a reason why your nipples are cracked, and you’re getting pains. Still you should check it out with your doctor to be safe… but I doubt its thrush. your child would most likely be sick if it was.

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