Painful Breastfeeding and Bacterial or Yeast Infection
The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence of yeast and bacteria in women with breastfeeding pain and to identify signs and symptoms.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||The Prevalence of Yeast and Bacteria in Women With Painful Breastfeeding and the Diagnostic Value of Signs and Symptoms|
- Bacteria [ Time Frame: Baseline (at admission) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Occurrence of bacteria: yes/no
- Yeast [ Time Frame: Baseline (at admission) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Occurence of yeast: yes/no
- Pain [ Time Frame: Baseline (at admission) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]VAS
- Signs [ Time Frame: Baseline (at admission) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Nipple areola: cracks, red/pink, flaky, shiny, blurred, swollen, itching, smarting
- Bacteria at follow-up [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Occurence of bacteria: yes/no
- Yeast at follow-up [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Occurence of yeast: yes/no
|Study Start Date:||December 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
1. Deep pain group
1. Deep pain group; Pain in the breast
2. Superficial pain group
Pain on the nipple and/or aereola
3. Control group
No pain or other breastfeeding problems
Painful breastfeeding is one of the most common reasons for early weaning. Persistent pain associated with breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult to diagnose and is a source of frustration for the breastfeeding women as well as for healthcare providers.
The diagnosis of candida infection in breastfeeding women is generally based on signs and symptoms identified in case reports and without any culture. Breastfeeding pain has been described as superficial or deep in some studies. This deep pain syndrome as caused by candida or bacteria has been questioned. A few studies have cultured breast milk from women with deep breast pain and found Candida albicans infections or bacterial infections usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. There still remains controversy and lack of evidence for candidiasis affecting the lactating breast as well as bacteria causing the pain. Ensured diagnostic methods are important due to the resistant problem with both antibiotics and antifungals. Only one study has described five key symptoms associated with candida. It was shiny, flaky nipple/areola, burning pain on the nipple/areola, non-stabbing pain or stabbing pain in the breast.
The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of candida and bacteria in women with superficial or deep breastfeeding pain and to identify signs and symptoms linked to candida or bacteria in breast milk and nipple/areola.