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Question (09/19/2012):

Title: Breastfeeding and STI.

Breastfeeding and STI.

Itch in the vagina, dark discharge, and a little burn when urinating.

Do I have to continue breastfeeding when I see these symptoms?

Answer:

Thank you very much for your question.

The most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) is Chlamydia in which babies are not affected through breast feeding.

Gonorrhea is also transmitted through sexual contact and can spread through breast feeding.

If you have syphilis or herpes, you can keep breastfeeding as long as the sores are covered.

HIV infection or HTLV-1: Breastfeeding is not recommended. HIV can be transmitted from mother to infant through breastfeeding.

Hepatitis A: Breastfeeding is safe after the mother receives a dose of gamma globulin.

Hepatitis B: Breastfeeding is safe after the baby receives a dose of Hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG). The baby should also be started on the first of three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.

Herpes simplex: Breastfeeding is safe if there are no lesions on the breast.


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