Q: Is it OK to breast feed when I have cold sores? A: Breastfeeding is fine when you have cold sores. The herpes virus is not transmitted through breast milk, but you could infect your baby or infant through skin contact, so follow the precautions above.
Does breast milk heal sores?
Heal cuts and scrapes
With its natural antiseptic properties, breast milk can be placed on a minor cut to reduce burning and stinging. The antibody IgA prevents germs from forming on the wound and helps speed healing.
Can cold sores spread through breast milk?
Can I breastfeed? Yes, with care. The herpes virus is not transmitted through breast milk. However, your baby could get infected by touching a blister or sore on your breast, mouth, or other area of your body.
Can baby get cold sore from mom?
Babies can catch cold sores in two ways: Vertical transmission. This occurs when the mother has genital herpes, and the infant catches the virus in the birth canal. This can happen even if the mother is not experiencing any symptoms.
What can I take for a cold sore while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding and cold sores
Cold sores occur commonly around the time of delivery, so it is important to treat cold sores aggressively to prevent transmission to a newborn baby. Aciclovir cream, aciclovir or valaciclovir tablets are all considered safe while breastfeeding.
Can someone with a cold sore hold a baby?
Do not allow anyone with a cold sore, or anyone who you know has had a cold sore in the previous week, to hold or kiss your baby. If you’re concerned about hurting a friend’s or relative’s feelings by declining their visit with your baby, involve your nurse or doctor.
Is it better to cover a cold sore or let it breathe?
“If you just did the cream without viral therapy, you would be feeding the cold sore infection,” says Dr. Young. “But if you’re on the antiviral medicines, that could help decrease the symptoms.” Don’t put any kind of covering on top of the blister; air speeds the healing of these.