Last update Feb. 15, 2022

Maternal Urinary Infection

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

About 3% of women may have urinary tract infection (UTI) in the postpartum period. (Ahnfeldt-Mollerup 2012).

A urinary tract infection in the mother does not contraindicate breastfeeding (Lawrence 2016. p790). Hygiene and hand washing is a most useful preventive measure to avoid contagiousness.

Most antibiotics used for urinary infection are compatible with breastfeeding.

The American Society of Infectious Diseases and other expert authors recommended for the treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infection: Nitrofurantoin, TMP / SMX or Fosfomycin as drugs of choice and Fluoroquinolone and Beta-Lactam antimicrobials as an alternative. (Cooper 2014, Kaiser 2007)

The American Academy of Pediatrics considers TMP / SMX (except in cases of 6-PGD deficiency), Amoxycillin, Nitrofurantoin, Ciprofloxacin and Ofloxacin drugs as usually compatible with breastfeeding. (AAP 2001)

Red cranberry as a preventative of UTI is compatible with breastfeeding. 

Bacterial vaccines (Bacterial lysates) as a preventative of UTI are compatible with breastfeeding.

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Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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  1. Lawrence RA, Lawrence RM. Breastfeeding. A guide for the medical profession. Eighth Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2016
  2. Harbison AF, Polly DM, Musselman ME. Antiinfective therapy for pregnant or lactating patients in the emergency department. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015 Abstract
  3. Cooper M, Mohundro BL, Qiu KM. Clinical Inquiry: how best to treat UTIs in women who breastfeed? J Fam Pract. 2014 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Zao J, Koren G, Bozzo P. Using nitrofurantoin while breastfeeding a newborn. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  5. Ahnfeldt-Mollerup P, Petersen LK, Kragstrup J, Christensen RD, Sørensen B. Postpartum infections: occurrence, healthcare contacts and association with breastfeeding. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2012 Abstract
  6. Kaiser J, McPherson V, Kaufman L, Huber T. Clinical inquiries. Which UTI therapies are safe and effective during breastfeeding? J Fam Pract. 2007 Abstract Full text (link to original source)

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