Mothers with a herpes zoster outbreak should practice contact precautions, by keeping the lesions covered so that the infant is not exposed to the lesions. Breastfeeding is safe, as long as the infant is not exposed to the herpes zoster lesions while breastfeeding. If herpes zoster lesions are on the nipple/areolar region, expressed breastmilk from the affected breast should be discarded1.
- American Academy of Pediatrics In: Kimberline DW, Brady MT, Jackson MA, Long SS, eds. Section 3: Summary of Infectious Diseases, Red Book: 2018-2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases 31st Itasca IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2018: p.444