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Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Do people ever pass genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Yes.: If you have vesicles on your breast. It's ok to breastfeed when they are gone. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Is it possible to pass the genital herpes virus through breastfeeding?

Not: Only germs that enter your blood have the potential to enter your breast milk.This one will not. This germ passes through direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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A breastfeeding mother has herpes on forehead, scalp and looks like her lips are swollen..what to take?

A breastfeeding mother has herpes on forehead, scalp and looks like her lips are swollen..what to take?

Glad you asked but..: It's important for this mother to see a doctor, first, to confirm the diagnosis, and, second, to get the right treatment. Oral antivirals like acyclovir & valacyclovir are modestly helpful in treating Herpes Simplex Virus. Meanwhile,the mother must be very careful not to let her baby contact her skin rash. Hand washing before caring for the baby is also important. ...Read more

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Can the genital herpes virus be passed to a baby through breast feeding?

Can the genital herpes virus be passed to a baby through breast feeding?

No: As long as there are no lesions or outbreaks that occur on the breast and you wash your hands after using the bathroom, there you should not be able to transmit the virus. ...Read more

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Does added iron my own diet help my baby through my breastfeeding?

Does added iron my own diet help my baby through my breastfeeding?

Iron supplementation: No. Additional iron in your diet will not increase the iron content of your breast milk . The bioavailability of iron from breast milk is excellent and iron deficiency is almost never seen in exclusively or primarily breast fed infants. ...Read more

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Can postinor 2 affect my baby through breastfeeding? My baby is 11months.

Don't think so: Levonorgetrel, absolutely contraindicated during pregnancy, doesn't really have a documented effect on breastfeeding, ...Read more

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When do baby sleep through the night if breastfeeding?

When do baby sleep through the night if breastfeeding?

Varies: Babies vary on when they begin to sleep through the night. Breastfed babies often sleep an extended period within the 2-4 week after birth, but may still wake up at night for at least one feeding. Some people feel adding a little watery cereal at bedtime by spoon may help stretch the one long sleeeping time during the night, but it usually should not be started until about 3 mos. Of age. ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and sleeping through the night?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and sleeping through the night?

Give it time: Newborns require frequent night time feedings, every 2-3 hours or risk hypoglycemia. Older infants will sleep through the night on their own and not demand feeding in a few months. Attempting to control this schedule ahead of time poses health risks to your baby, and interferes with your lactation establishment. Older infants who wake to nurse are likely nursing for comfort rather than need. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more