3 doctors weighed in:
What infections can I pass to my baby through breast milk?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Several
The most concerning ones that come to mind of concern are tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus.
However each is dependent on you having these illnesses.

In brief: Several
The most concerning ones that come to mind of concern are tuberculosis and cytomegalovirus.
However each is dependent on you having these illnesses.
Dr. Thad Woodard
Dr. Thad Woodard
Thank
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
In brief: HIV is one
Most cold viruses are not a problem for breasfed babies and are not transmitted in the milk.
Even if you get mastitis (a breast infection), it is still safe to breast feed. However, the HIV and CMV viruses are two viral illness that can transmit through breast milk to your baby. If you have active tuberculosis, avoid breastfeeding until the infection is treated. If in doubt, contact your doctor.

In brief: HIV is one
Most cold viruses are not a problem for breasfed babies and are not transmitted in the milk.
Even if you get mastitis (a breast infection), it is still safe to breast feed. However, the HIV and CMV viruses are two viral illness that can transmit through breast milk to your baby. If you have active tuberculosis, avoid breastfeeding until the infection is treated. If in doubt, contact your doctor.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors