Last update June 10, 2018

Maternal Hepatitis A Infection

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Although IgM and IgG antibodies and, occasionally, hepatitis A virus RNA have been detected in breastmilk, there have been no cases of vertical mother-infant transmission through breastmilk (Chaudhry 2015, Daudi 2012, Selander 2009, Stiehm 2001).

Therefore, and given the benefits of breastfeeding, it is recommended that all mothers with hepatitis A continue breastfeeding (Chaudhry 2015, Garcia 2015, Daudi 2012, Sookoian 2006). Unless the mother is very unwell, breastfeeding can continue without being interrupted.

It is very important to take the appropriate sanitary measures to minimize the risk of fecal-oral transmission to the breastfeeding baby: hand washing should be frequent especially the first 3 to 4 weeks that there is elimination of virus.
If the mother's infection is recent (fewer than 15 days), the infant should be protected with a vaccine or with standard immunoglobulin (Daudi 2012, CDC 1990).

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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.

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  1. Lawrence RA, Lawrence RM. Breastfeeding. A guide for the medical profession. Eighth Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2016
  2. Garcia-Loygorri MC, De Luis D, Torreblanca B, March GA, Bachiller MR, Eiros JM. La leche materna como vehículo de transmisión de virus. [Beast Milk as vehicle of transmission of virus]. Nutr Hosp. 2015 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Chaudhry SA, Koren G. Hepatitis A infection during pregnancy. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Daudi N, Shouval D, Stein-Zamir C, Ackerman Z. Breastmilk hepatitis A virus RNA in nursing mothers with acute hepatitis A virus infection. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Abstract
  5. Selander B, Bläckberg J, Widell A, Johansson PJ. No evidence of intrauterine transmission of hepatitis A virus from a mother to a premature infant. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Abstract
  6. Sookoian S. Liver disease during pregnancy: acute viral hepatitis. Ann Hepatol. 2006 Abstract
  7. Stiehm ER, Keller MA. Breast milk transmission of viral disease. Adv Nutr Res. 2001 Abstract
  8. CDC-ACIP. Protection Against Viral Hepatitis Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP). Recommendations and Reports. 1990 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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