Sep 01, · This sheet talks about exposure to chickenpox or shingles in a pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your healthcare provider. What is chickenpox? Varicella, commonly called chickenpox, is a viral infection that usually happens in childhood. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus . Oct 05, · Even with the highest maternal dosages, the dosage of acyclovir in milk is only about 1% of a typical infant dosage and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. Topical acyclovir applied to small areas of the mother's body away from the breast should pose no risk to the infant.
May 25, · Though shingles, or herpes zoster, is more common among older adults, it’s still a disease you should be aware of if you’re expecting a baby. Shingles is a viral infection that leads to painful. Shingles is less contagious than chickenpox and the risk of a person with shingles spreading the virus is low if the rash is covered. A breastfeeding mother who acquired this virus (VZV), should continue to breastfeed. (Heuchan & Isaacs, ). Breastfeeding is not considered to be a significant route of transmission for VZV (HMBANA, ).
May 05, · “If there are shingles actually on the breast, the recommendation is that if it can be covered, then it’s OK to breastfeed. But if it’s near the nipple, where the baby would be nursing, then it’s recommended that they pump from that breast and discard the milk, until the lesions are crusted over. Oct 02, · Herpes simplex virus (HSV) in infants can be severe. Mothers with HSV can continue to breastfeed if no lesions are present on the breasts and if lesions elsewhere on the body are carefully and fully covered.