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Can a nursing mother pass mono to her infant through the breastmilk?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Raja Fattaleh
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes & No
1. Verify that the mother has mononucleosis or a mono-like illness; there are several viruses that cause mono or mono-like illness; 2.
Ebstein barr virus is present in breast milk; studies show very little transmission mother to infant in that manner; there is some evidence mother to fetus transmission during pregnancy; CMV however is very transmissible; 3. Largest risk factor is saliva transmiss.

In brief: Yes & No
1. Verify that the mother has mononucleosis or a mono-like illness; there are several viruses that cause mono or mono-like illness; 2.
Ebstein barr virus is present in breast milk; studies show very little transmission mother to infant in that manner; there is some evidence mother to fetus transmission during pregnancy; CMV however is very transmissible; 3. Largest risk factor is saliva transmiss.
Dr. Raja Fattaleh
Dr. Raja Fattaleh
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: YES INFECTION
Any infection, drugs that the mother has can be passed through breast feeding.
That's why mom should not feed baby when sick to avoid infecting baby.

In brief: YES INFECTION
Any infection, drugs that the mother has can be passed through breast feeding.
That's why mom should not feed baby when sick to avoid infecting baby.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: Breast milk
Has rarely if ever been shown to transmit ebv to infants.

In brief: Breast milk
Has rarely if ever been shown to transmit ebv to infants.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. David Liu
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Mononucleosis, a viral infection, can be passed through breastmilk, but is not a reason to stop breastfeeding.
The reason is that by the time that you think or know that you have the infection, you have probably passed it on to your baby. But breastfeeding provides many benefits, including infection-fighting, to your baby, and mono is seldom dangerous to infants and children. See a dr.

In brief: Yes
Mononucleosis, a viral infection, can be passed through breastmilk, but is not a reason to stop breastfeeding.
The reason is that by the time that you think or know that you have the infection, you have probably passed it on to your baby. But breastfeeding provides many benefits, including infection-fighting, to your baby, and mono is seldom dangerous to infants and children. See a dr.
Dr. David Liu
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