Genital Herpes While Breastfeeding

Genital Herpes While Breastfeeding

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When a woman has herpes and is breastfeeding, there are some precautions that she must take in order to protect the baby from the infection. If the baby does develop herpes, there are some serious infections that it is in danger of contracting as well. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

One of the good things about this situation is that herpes is not transmitted through breastmilk. Instead, it is transmitted through coming in contact with the infected area of the skin. For this reason, mothers need to be careful to watch for signs that an outbreak is occurring.

When an outbreak does occur, the woman should be careful to keep her baby from touching the infected skin. This means that she will need to keep any blisters covered while she is breastfeeding the baby. If the sore appears on the breast or nipple, she should not feed from that side until the area is completely healed.

She should also make a trip to her doctor if an outbreak occurs. It is possible that the doctor will prescribe medication that can help fight an infection and prevent further outbreaks from occurring. However, women should discuss with their doctor whether it is safe to take these medications while they are breastfeeding.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)