Is breastfeeding contraindicated in mothers with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B)?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Breastfeeding is not contraindicated in women chronically infected with hepatitis B if the infant receives HBIG passive prophylaxis and vaccine active prophylaxis. [94] Mothers with chronic hepatitis B infection are often treated in the third trimester if the serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA level is greater than 106 -108 copies/mL, especially if she is positive for the hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg).


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