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What infections can i pass to my baby through breast milk?

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Several: The most concerning ones that come to mind of concern are tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus. However each is dependent on you having these illnesses.

Answered 1/28/2014

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HIV is one: Most cold viruses are not a problem for breasfed babies and are not transmitted in the milk. Even if you get mastitis (a breast infection), it is still safe to breast feed. However, the HIV and CMV viruses are two viral illness that can transmit through breast milk to your baby. If you have active tuberculosis, avoid breastfeeding until the infection is treated. If in doubt, contact your doctor.

Answered 6/10/2014

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