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Maternal Infections Hepatitis B Virus
Hepatitis B Virus
Breastfeeding by Hepatitis B Surface Antigen + (hepBsAg+) mothers has not been found to cause transmission of hepatitis B to their infants. Infants born to mothers who are hepBsAg+ should receive Hepatitis B Immune Globulin along with the hepatitis B vaccine within 12 hours of birth. These will eliminate the risk of hepatitis B disease in the infant through breastfeeding, and there is no need to delay breastfeeding until after the infant is immunized1.
- American Academy of Pediatrics In: Kimberline DW, Brady MT, Jackson MA, Long SS, eds. Section 2: Recommendations for Care of Children in Special Circumstances, Red Book: 2018-2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases 31st Itasca IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018: p.117