Candidiasis in the breastfeeding mother and infant

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 1990 Mar-Apr;19(2):171-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.1990.tb01636.x.


Candidiasis in a breastfeeding mother and infant is described. The mother's breasts were a continuous source of Candida albicans, resulting in persistent thrush in the infant. The infant and mother were successfully treated with clotrimazole in a gel form. This report emphasizes the importance of treating both the infected mother and infant to prevent reinfection and ensure successful breastfeeding.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Breast Diseases / drug therapy
  • Breast Feeding*
  • Candidiasis / transmission*
  • Candidiasis, Cutaneous / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis, Oral / drug therapy
  • Clotrimazole / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Nipples / microbiology


  • Clotrimazole