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  » Men's health  »  Breastfeeding and STDs

Breastfeeding and STDs

If your wife or partner is breastfeeding, talk with your health care provider about the risk of passing the STD to your baby while breastfeeding. If your partner has HIV, she should not breastfeed because she can pass the virus to the baby. If your partner has either chlamydia or gonorrhea, she can continue breastfeeding. If she has syphilis, she can continue breastfeeding if the baby does not touch the sores.

Breastfeeding mothers who have trichomoniasis should know that the disease is not dangerous to the nursing baby, but the medicine used to treat it (metronidazole or Flagyl) might be harmful to your baby. If you are prescribed a single dose, stop breastfeeding for 12 to 24 hours after you take the drug. Talk with your health care provider to see if you can take a lower dose of the drug, which can be safer for your baby.

If caught early, most STDs can be cured. Some STDs never go away, though, and need to be managed by you and your health care provider. If left untreated, some STDs can cause long-term scarring and infertility. The bottom line is that it is best to prevent infection from the start.