Am I at risk of developing a nipple yeast infection?
Some mothers are more likely than others to develop a nipple yeast infection. The risk is higher if a mother has been using antibiotics or has frequent vaginal yeast infections, lowered immunity, or certain genetic factors. Some breast conditions favour the growth of yeast, including damaged nipples or large nipples that fold over in the bra. Using purified lanolin, other skin preparations, or breast covers that keep the nipple damp, also increases the risk. Having a baby with higher-than-normal mouth levels of a yeast from a group called Candida makes a nipple yeast infection more likely.