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Should I breastfeed if I have hepatitis c?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes,

You may. Breastfed infants are not at higher risk to get infected by hepatitis c.
In case nipples are cracked or bleeding, abstaining of breastfeeding should be considered.

In brief: Yes,

You may. Breastfed infants are not at higher risk to get infected by hepatitis c.
In case nipples are cracked or bleeding, abstaining of breastfeeding should be considered.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Hep c crosses the breast milk, this would be a bad idea.

In brief: No

Hep c crosses the breast milk, this would be a bad idea.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes. Hepatitis c is transmitted by a virus in blood.
There is no hepatitis c virus in breast milk, and hepatitis c has never been shown to spread via breast feeding. It may be prudent to temporarily halt nursing if mom's nipples are cracked or bleeding. If you are taking medicines to treat hepatitis c, you'll need to discuss whether those medicines are ok w/ nursing.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Hepatitis c is transmitted by a virus in blood.
There is no hepatitis c virus in breast milk, and hepatitis c has never been shown to spread via breast feeding. It may be prudent to temporarily halt nursing if mom's nipples are cracked or bleeding. If you are taking medicines to treat hepatitis c, you'll need to discuss whether those medicines are ok w/ nursing.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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