Breastfeeding/skin rash


mcbritney wrote at 2009-01-18 17:06:07
I've been breastfeeding exclusively for 4 months.

And I developed  similar rash.  I have no idea yet what it could be.

There is almos nothing online.

But since the lady responding first said she ahd never heard of it.

I wanted you to know I have the same.  I haven't changed soap, laundry detergent, perfume i dont even wear. I haven't gone out to wear any jewelry...

suzanne wrote at 2009-05-26 12:44:56
I have been breastfeeding for five months now and in the third month I also developed a rash. Everybody says it is due to stress but I think it has got something to do with breastfeeding. Instead of being dismissed this should be researched further.

Sam wrote at 2009-08-11 09:34:59
Me too! Had it with both of my babies.  Went away once I finished breastfeeding, but got so bad I had to take anti histamine every day until finished breastfeeding.  Really horrid!

Becky wrote at 2009-08-13 04:46:29
I have been pumping and bottle feeding for six weeks ( my son won't latch on ) and I also just developed a rash.  No changes in soap, food etc.

Mel wrote at 2010-05-28 14:43:36
Me too!  After breastfeeding exclusively for 4 months I developed dry patches on my lips and face that will not go away and have been spreading.  I've tried changing to non-fragrance face cleanser/lotion, stopped using make-up.  Nothing helps. My baby is now 10 mos. and I'm still breastfeeding and the dry patches are worse.  Hoping it will go away once I stop breastfeeding.  Would love to know more about this.

grace wrote at 2010-06-05 19:33:06
Hi Michelle, I have exactly the same problem as you do since a few month ago while breastfeeding my daughter for 13 month. Is it a coincidence or is it really something to do with breastfeeding? Have you recovered?

me987456 wrote at 2011-11-13 03:40:24
There is *definitely* a rash condition related to breastfeeding.  I developed it within days of giving birth to my son.  He weened around 8 months and my milk dried up.  Not sure how or why... but my milk has started to come back this week and, sure enough, my rash is coming back.  Wish I knew what was up with it... If anyone is in a similar boat seek out the help of an herbalist.  It's the way I finally got rid of it the first time around.  (Doctors seriously had no clue and just wanted me to take strong antihistamines that clearly would dry up my milk.)  Start with drinking tea out of nettles - safe while breastfeeding.

Braelyn&Brennen's Momma wrote at 2014-03-27 23:23:44
I am 4.5 weeks into breast feeding and am having the same issue. I broke out in a red rash starting at my breast and then it spread almost full body the only things spared were my buttocks and genitals. It then turned into hives with severe itching and burning. I went to the doctor and they had no clue, started me on prednisone and told me to watch my milk production. Later that night it got so severe that I ended up in the ER and they gave me a large dose of prednisone and Atarax and told me to continue the prednisione wean given to me by my doctor when I returned home and also take Benadryl (which may make baby tired, but no harm to her, but again may harm milk production). The entire next day I had no issues, but the second day out of the ER I woke to feed my baby in the middle of the night and the rash was returning. I also have a friend that went through this when she was breast feeding, her child was between 5 and 6 months old when she broke out. I have not been exposed to anything new and have also read about rashes during breast feeding due to hormones.  


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I am a mother of 2 and have been a breastfeeding counselor for 12 years.I enjoy helping others make breastfeeding a successful venture.I have attended workshops,run a support group at an area hospital under the direction of a lactation consultant-board certified.I have an extensive knowledge of all the basics and can solve most immediate issues of breatfeeding problems.I also am very non-judgemental,I can help mothers who want a 6 weeks experience or 4 year extended nursing relationship.I also have personal experience with the Supplemental Nursing System/Lactaid as I was forced to use with both children [I am a sufferer of Insufficient Glandular Tissue].I also tandem nursed so as you can see I have a deversified portfolio.Thank you for your consideration of me.This is a wonderful site.


I have two children that I breastfed. Due to less than 2 year apart, I tandem nursed for a year. I nursed them each for almost three years and lactated straight for 5 years.

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