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.
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.
Does milk make cold sores worse?
Lysine-rich foods like vegetables, legumes, milk, cheese and fish are helpful in strengthening your immune system and preventing cold sore. As for foods during an outbreak, cold foods, vegetable juices, and warm soups can satisfy your hunger while preventing the sore from being aggravated.
Does toothpaste help cold sores?
According to the Wound Care Society, applying toothpaste to cold sores during their blister phase may make the area numb, dry out the blisters, and keep them from getting larger. Most toothpaste contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an ingredient believed to hinder cold sore blisters.
Do breastfed babies heal faster?
“A breastfed baby is likely to recover faster than a formula-fed baby because the mother’s body will produce specific antibodies against whatever infection he’s picked up.”
Can I kiss my baby if I have a cold sore?
You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed.
Can I touch my baby if I have a cold sore?
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.