Last update Nov. 9, 2023

Maternal Measles

Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

Infectious-contagious disease caused by the measles virus. Airborne transmission.

Infants born to mothers with measles during lactation should be isolated from the mother until 72 hours after the onset of the rash and receive standard immunoglobulin (Ig). Breast milk can be expressed and administered to the infant; secretory IgA is secreted into breast milk within 2 days after the onset of the rash in the mother. (Lawrence 2016 p442, Red Book 2021-24)

The infant should be given a dose of standard immune globulin within 6 days of possible transmission from the mother, unless the infant has already received at least one dose of measles vaccine at 12 months or older. (Red Book 2021-2024 p511)

Three infants younger than 1 month, whose mother had measles and were given a dose of Ig, did not contract measles, despite continuing to be breastfed . (Casalegno 2014)

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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

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  1. Casalegno JS, Huissoud C, Rudigoz R, Massardier J, Gaucherand P, Mekki Y. Measles in pregnancy in Lyon France, 2011. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Sep;126(3):248-51. Consulted on Nov. 9, 2023 Abstract
  2. (Red Book). AAP. Kimberlin DW, Barnett ED, , Lynfield R, Sawyer MH eds. Red Book: 2021-2024. Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 32th ed. Elk Grove Village, - 2021
  3. Lawrence RA, Lawrence RM. Breastfeeding. A guide for the medical profession. Eighth Edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2016

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