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How are infections in moms transmitted to newborns besides coughing and touching?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Breast milk: Secretions are the main way that bacteria and viruses can be passed from mother to newborn. Secretions from your nose, mouth, and even breastmilk. Breast milk, however, carries lots of antibodies that protects the baby.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Let's hear from Peds: Thanks, dr. Garvey. I appreciate the OB perspective. I was also hoping to hear from pediatricians and neonatologists and to generate a discussion on this important topic.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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