Mother-to-Infant Hepatitis C Virus Transmission and Breastfeeding

  • Eric E. Mast
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 554)

Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a blood-borne virus that is transmitted most efficiently by direct percutaneous exposures to blood. Infants are at risk of HCV infection primarily as a result of transmission from their infected mothers. However, there is no evidence of mother-to-infant transmission from breastfeeding. According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, maternal HCV infection is not a contraindication to breastfeeding. It may be prudent for mothers who are HCV-infected and who choose to breastfeed to consider abstaining from breastfeeding if their nipples are cracked and bleeding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric E. Mast
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  1. 1.Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for Infectious DiseasesCenters for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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