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Maternal Infections Tuberculosis
Women who are contagious with tuberculosis should be separated from their infants to prevent contagion through respiratory droplets. Breastmilk does not transmit tuberculosis, and mothers who are contagious may express their breastmilk for their infants. However, in rare instances a breast abscess can develop from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, in which case breastfeeding should be discontinued1,2.
- 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.116
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/populations/pregnancy/default.htm (accessed 6/20/2020)