Last update Aug. 11, 2017
Very Low Risk
An illness which is caused by any of the three types of Influenza A, B and C virus. Type A has several subtypes: H1N1, H1N2, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1 ...
It is contagious from one day before symptoms appear, hence isolation of the mother from her infant is useless.
It is not indicated the isolation of newborn babies from their mothers either (Sendelbach 2012, Cantey 2013).
The illness, on both the mother and the infant, is compatible while breastfeeding. Discontinuation of breastfeeding would not only increase the likelihood of infection but the severity of the infection on the infant.
Most antiviral treatments used for treatment and prophylaxis of influenza (Amantadine, Oseltamivir, Zanamivir) are compatible while breastfeeding, although Amantadine may reduce milk production (see specific info).
Hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, or mask wearing are recommended while breastfeeding.
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.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
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