Transmission Of Hepatitis B Sufferers Breastfeeding Infants?

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can a hepatitis b sufferer breastfeed another baby? does the baby directly get hepatitis b? thanks for the answer.

1 Answer:

Hi Henny,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Hepatitis B is inflammation of the liver parenchyma caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Symptoms that arise due to this disease can vary. Often, no typical symptoms appear early in the disease. However, along with the development of the disease, sufferers will experience abdominal pain, nausea, decreased appetite, yellow in the eyes and skin, dark urine, joint and muscle pain, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, fever, and so on.


After infection, the HBV virus is most commonly found in blood, vaginal and penile fluids, as well as anal fluid. There is also an HBV virus found in saliva and breast milk, but the amount is not significant. Therefore, hepatitis B is not transmitted through the process of breastfeeding. In fact, breast milk contains many immune components, including those that will make breastfed babies more resistant to HBV virus infection. However, babies born directly to mothers with Hepatitis B are more at risk for contracting the disease. This transmission does not occur due to the process of breastfeeding, but more often because of the birth process (for example, if done vaginally). This potential transmission can be prevented by vaccination early.


That's all our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with your doctor or pediatrician, right?


I hope this helps.

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