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Could I breastfeed if I have genital herpes?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Yes, with care. The herpes virus is not transmitted through breast milk, but your baby could get infected by touching a blister on your body.
To avoid this, always keep clean clothing between your baby and any affected area of skin. Thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet or touching a sore, and wash your hands and lay a clean towel on your lap before holding your baby.

In brief: Yes.

Yes, with care. The herpes virus is not transmitted through breast milk, but your baby could get infected by touching a blister on your body.
To avoid this, always keep clean clothing between your baby and any affected area of skin. Thoroughly wash your hands after using the toilet or touching a sore, and wash your hands and lay a clean towel on your lap before holding your baby.
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Wash your hands after going to the bathroom. No problems with breast feeding.

In brief: Yes

Wash your hands after going to the bathroom. No problems with breast feeding.
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