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Should a woman with hepatitis C be advised against breastfeeding?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Additionally

What if your nipples are cracked and bleeding? Data are insufficient to say yes or no.
However, hcv is spread by infected blood. Therefore, if the hcv-positive mother's nipples and/or surrounding areola are cracked and bleeding, she should stop nursing temporarily. Instead, she should consider expressing and discarding her breast milk until her nipples are healed.

In brief: Additionally

What if your nipples are cracked and bleeding? Data are insufficient to say yes or no.
However, hcv is spread by infected blood. Therefore, if the hcv-positive mother's nipples and/or surrounding areola are cracked and bleeding, she should stop nursing temporarily. Instead, she should consider expressing and discarding her breast milk until her nipples are healed.
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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably Not

Most research indicates similar percentages of bottlefed & breastfed babies born to mothers with hepatitis c will contract the disease.
Because it's currently thought that hep c is not transmitted this way, it is not an absolute contraindication in normal circumstances. However, if other factors are present, such as bleeding nipples or abnormalities, you should check with your provider.

In brief: Probably Not

Most research indicates similar percentages of bottlefed & breastfed babies born to mothers with hepatitis c will contract the disease.
Because it's currently thought that hep c is not transmitted this way, it is not an absolute contraindication in normal circumstances. However, if other factors are present, such as bleeding nipples or abnormalities, you should check with your provider.
Danielle Jones
Danielle Jones
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can breastfeed

Yes. Centre for disease control states that there is no documented evidence that breastfeeding spreads hcv.
Therefore, having hcv-infection is not a contraindication to breastfeed. Hcv is transmitted by infected blood, not by human breast milk. There are no current data to suggest that hcv is transmitted by human breast milk.

In brief: Can breastfeed

Yes. Centre for disease control states that there is no documented evidence that breastfeeding spreads hcv.
Therefore, having hcv-infection is not a contraindication to breastfeed. Hcv is transmitted by infected blood, not by human breast milk. There are no current data to suggest that hcv is transmitted by human breast milk.
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