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A 32-year-old female asked:

Should i continue pumping breastmilk for a preemie baby in the nicu with shingles on my stomach?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: Only the debris from your weeping sores have any potential to trigger varicella in your baby.You do not pass it in your breastmilk, saliva or from a cough. If you can manage to keep the area covered & be sure not to contaminate the milk you pump, it would be okay to continue.Sometimes the NICU will have access to banked milk to help you/baby but if you quit pumping you may dry up.

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Last updated Dec 8, 2016

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