Last update July 9, 2021

Infant Acute Gastroenteritis

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Various medical associations, experts and expert consensus consider that breastfeeding should not be discontinued in cases of infant gastroenteritis (Guarino 2014, Ceccarelli 2013, Melnikow 1994).

Exclusive breastfeeding protects the infant's intestine from inflammation (Moodley 2015) and epithelial damage caused by rotavirus infections (Sherif 2015).

Breastfeeding protects the infant from the risk of gastroenteritis, thus gastroenteritis in exclusively breastfed infants is rare (Frank 2019, Hartman 2019, Westerfield 2018) even beyond the breastfeeding period (Ardiç 2018) and in both developing (Turin 2014) and developed (Paricio 2006) countries.
Infants with norovirus gastroenteritis, whose mothers had positive serology and a level of anti-norovirus IgA in breast milk, had reduced diarrhea symptoms (Labayo 2021).

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Infant Acute Gastroenteritis is also known as


Infant Acute Gastroenteritis belongs to this group or family:


  1. Labayo HKM, Pajuelo MJ, Tohma K, Ford-Siltz LA, Gilman RH, Cabrera L, Mayta H, Sanchez GJ, Cornejo AT, Bern C, Dapat C, Nochi T, Parra GI, Oshitani H, Saito M. Norovirus-specific immunoglobulin A in breast milk for protection against norovirus-associated diarrhea among infants. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Oct 5;27:100561. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  2. Frank NM, Lynch KF, Uusitalo U, Yang J, Lönnrot M, Virtanen SM, Hyöty H, Norris JM; TEDDY Study Group.. The relationship between breastfeeding and reported respiratory and gastrointestinal infection rates in young children. BMC Pediatr. 2019 Sep 18;19(1):339. Abstract
  3. Hartman S, Brown E, Loomis E, Russell HA. Gastroenteritis in Children. Am Fam Physician. 2019 Feb 1;99(3):159-165. Abstract
  4. Westerfield KL, Koenig K, Oh R. Breastfeeding: Common Questions and Answers. Am Fam Physician. 2018 Sep 15;98(6):368-373. Abstract Full text (link to original source)
  5. Ardiç C, Yavuz E. Effect of breastfeeding on common pediatric infections: a 5-year prospective cohort study. Arch Argent Pediatr. 2018 Apr 1;116(2):126-132. Abstract
  6. Sherif LS, Raouf RK, Sayede RM, Wakkadd AS, Shoaib AR, Ali HM, Refay AS. Glutathione Transferase as a Potential Marker for Gut Epithelial Injury versus the Protective Role of Breast Milk sIgA in Infants with Rota Virus Gastroenteritis. Open Access Maced J Med Sci. 2015 Dec 15;3(4):676-80. Abstract
  7. Moodley-Govender E, Mulol H, Stauber J, Manary M, Coutsoudis A. Increased Exclusivity of Breastfeeding Associated with Reduced Gut Inflammation in Infants. Breastfeed Med. 2015 Dec;10(10):488-92. Abstract
  8. Turin CG, Ochoa TJ. The Role of Maternal Breast Milk in Preventing Infantile Diarrhea in the Developing World. Curr Trop Med Rep. 2014 Jun 1;1(2):97-105. Abstract
  9. Guarino A, Ashkenazi S, Gendrel D, Lo Vecchio A, Shamir R, Szajewska H; European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.; European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases.. European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition/European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases evidence-based guidelines for the management of acute gastroenteritis in children in Europe: update 2014. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Jul;59(1):132-52. Abstract
  10. Ciccarelli S, Stolfi I, Caramia G. Management strategies in the treatment of neonatal and pediatric gastroenteritis. Infect Drug Resist. 2013 Oct 29;6:133-61. Abstract
  11. Paricio Talayero JM, Lizán-García M, Otero Puime A, Benlloch Muncharaz MJ, Beseler Soto B, Sánchez-Palomares M, Santos Serrano L, Rivera LL. Full breastfeeding and hospitalization as a result of infections in the first year of life. Pediatrics. 2006 Jul;118(1):e92-9. Abstract
  12. Melnikow J, Bedinghaus JM. Management of common breast-feeding problems. J Fam Pract. 1994 Jul;39(1):56-64. Review. Abstract

Total visits


Help us improve this entry

How to cite this entry

Do you need more information or did not found what you were looking for?

   Write us at

e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Confederación Nacional de Pediatría (CONAPEME) of Mexico

Would you like to recommend the use of e-lactancia? Write to us at corporate mail of APILAM