Other infectious diseases

Although there is no evidence of transmission via breast milk, the following infections require preventive measures (Lawrence 2004):

■ Haemophilus influenza infection requires 24 hours' treatment of the mother before breastfeeding

■ In cases of gonorrhoea, breastfeeding can continue if the mother is efficiently treated with antibiotics, e.g. ceftriaxon

• In cases of streptococcal B infection during the neonatal period, for example as endometritis, separation of the child for 24 hours along with feeding of pumped milk is recommended

■ A mother with syphilis should be treated for 24 hours before breastfeeding or pumping and feeding her milk.

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