The Effect Of Hepatitis B On Infants?

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I want to ask if a person who is positive for hepatitis b can still breastfeed? Then, during the medical treatment, did it not affect the baby?

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Hello Vita, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Hepatitis B is a disease caused by infection with the Hepatitis B virus. This infection will resolve on its own in most people without certain treatment, but in a few others the infection can become chronic. Hepatitis B infection is called chronic if the infection persists for 6 months or more.

Research shows that breastfeeding does not increase the risk of passing the hepatitis B virus to the baby. Transmission from mother to baby is more likely to occur during delivery. Therefore, if you have had hepatitis B since you were pregnant, your baby will be given a drug in the form of HBIg (hepatitis B immunoglobulin) and vaccinations to prevent the development of hepatitis B infection in babies.

If you have chronic hepatitis B and need treatment with antiviral drugs, anti-hepatitis B drugs (such as lamivudine and tenofovir) are actually quite safe for consumption by women who are breastfeeding and do not have dangerous side effects for their babies. Consult with the doctor who treats you and tell your doctor if you want to continue breastfeeding your baby to be given drugs that are safe for breastfeeding women.

The following is an article from IDAI about breastfeeding in women with hepatitis B

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