Breastfeeding With a UTI

As if there weren’t enough things occupying your day as a new mom, getting a UTI is just the icing on the cake. What steps should you take towards treating a UTI while breastfeeding?
It’s safe to nurse if you have a UTI, but make sure you contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Ignored UTI warning signals can lead to a kidney infection and put you at risk for sepsis.

UTIs During Pregnancy

How do you treat a uti while breastfeeding?

A UTI while breastfeeding isn’t dangerous, when treated properly.

  1. Contact your doctor. They will conduct a urinalysis to determine which bacteria is causing the UTI. From there, they will choose an antibiotic that will kill the bacteria but is also safe for breastfeeding.
  2. Don’t forget to mention any drug allergies you have. Ask them about side effects and tell them if you are taking any other prescription drugs.
  3. Take the entire course of antibiotics as directed, even if your symptoms subside.
  4. Drink lots of water so you empty your bladder more frequently.

Why do you get postpartum uti?

Pregnancy changes your body in many ways, even after giving birth. During gestation, your bladder was in a compromised situation, because your growing baby put a lot of pressure on it. This causes the bladder to weaken over time. Now that you’re breastfeeding, your bladder still needs time to regain its strength, or tone.


That said, when you urinate, it’s possible that your bladder isn’t voiding entirely, so urine stays in the bladder for lengthened amounts of time. This allows E.coli ( a big UTI culprit) to grow and cause a UTI. It also doesn’t help that women have a shorter urethra than a man’s, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel up our urinary tract.

What are some home remedies to get rid of UTI?

If you are wondering which home remedies get rid of UTIs, the straight up answer we can give you is: they don’t.

 

If you already have UTI symptoms, it’s likely that the infection is already winning. The only way to wipe out the overgrowth of bacteria is with antibiotics. When you visit your doctor, they will run a urine sample to see what kind of bacteria is causing the UTI. Then, they will tailor a treatment plan best suited to you.

What if I get a uti while nursing?

If you get a UTI while nursing, don’t stress, the sooner you make an appointment with your doctor, the sooner you’ll start the healing process. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics that are safe to enter breast milk. A few of them include: trimethoprim/ sulfamethoxazole (Septra), Keflex, Ceftin, and Omnicef. The Journal of Family Practice discusses which antibiotics may cause adverse effects in infants, although most antibiotics given to nursing mothers have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Safe antibiotics for uti while breastfeeding

Safe antibiotics for uti while breastfeeding are: Keflex, Ceftin, Omnicef, and trimethoprim/ sulfamethoxazole (Septra).


The Journal of Family Practice reveals Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole could cause poor feeding and nitrofurantoin could cause diarrhea in infants.  

What about cephalexin and breastfeeding?

According to the the Drugs and Lactation Database (Lact Med), Cephalexin is acceptable in nursing mothers.  Cephalexin produces low levels in breastmilk. If you are taking cephalexin and breastfeeding at the same time, it’s possible your infant may experience diarrhea, other mothers have reported thrush.

What are the best antibiotics for uti?

While the best antibiotics for UTI vary from patient to patient. Common antibiotics for treating a UTI while breastfeeding are: Keflex, Septra, Omnicef, and Ceftin.

Is it ok to take antibiotics while breastfeeding?

Yes, it is ok to take antibiotics while breastfeeding. If your doctor diagnoses you with a UTI, the safest way to cure the infection is with antibiotics. Yes, a tiny amount of medication does enter the breast milk, but the concentration is under the maximum amount that is safe for infants.

Prevent UTIs (even while breastfeeding)

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