Exploring the relationship between psoriasis and breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusively breastfeeding infants for the first 6 months of life. They then suggest gradually introducing foods while continuing to breastfeed, until the baby is 2 years or older.
In this article, learn about the connection between psoriasis and breastfeeding, as well as which treatments are safe for the woman and baby.
Psoriasis and breastfeeding
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that mainly affects the skin and joints. It causes red, raised, scaly patches of skin, and these can itch, burn, or sting.
Most of the time, psoriasis patches form around the major joints, on the lower back, and on the scalp, but they can appear anywhere, including on the chest and breasts.
If psoriasis affects the breasts while a woman is breastfeeding, it can be very uncomfortable. However, there are many ways to ease pain and other symptoms without jeopardizing the baby’s health.
When in doubt, talk to a doctor who is knowledgeable about both psoriasis and breastfeeding. They can develop an individualized treatment plan.
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