Psoriasis

Can I breastfeed if I have psoriasis?

Psoriasis, a skin condition that causes scaly, red patches, may affect the areola. This is not usually painful, and most mothers breastfeed without problems. It does not present a risk to the baby. Most medications used for psoriasis are compatible with breastfeeding. Any medication used on the skin should be washed off with breast milk or water using a clean, soft cloth.

A) Describing psoriasis

Psoriasis of the breast.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes scaly, red patches that can be itchy, can burn, or be painful.

Psoriasis of the areola may also cause discomfort. However, most mothers in our care have breastfed without pain or problems. 

The psoriasis does not present a risk to the baby.

If you are in pain or having other discomfort, please see your health-care providers to help manage it.

B) Treating psoriasis

Most oral medications used for psoriasis are compatible with breastfeeding. Ensure that any medication you put on the nipple or areola is not dangerous for the baby. If using steroid preparations, use the weakest effective dose.

Before breastfeeding, you should use breast milk along with a clean cloth to wash off any medication used on the nipple or areola. These should be used for the shortest time possible.