A study covering 93 pregnant women with hepatitis E (36 anti-It EV positive and 57 HEV-RNA positive) infection was confirmed in a colostrum specimen. However, parameters were significantly lower compared to maternal blood (Chibber 2004). Some of the infants of mothers with acute infection also developed liver symptoms. There was no indication that transmission occurred via breast milk. The authors concluded that breast feeding is probably safe, but stress the need to confirm their results by other studies, and the possibility that close contact between mother and child may facilitate transmission.
Recommendation. There is no evidence yet that breastfeeding should be prohibited in cases of hepatitis E. However, experience is insufficient definitely to exclude any risk.
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