Journal article

Maternal transmission of infectious pathogens in breast milk

CA Jones

JOURNAL OF PAEDIATRICS AND CHILD HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2001

Abstract

Breast milk provides a superior source of nutrition and many other health benefits to the newborn infant. However, breastfeeding has also been recognized as a route of transmission to the newborn of some important pathogens that may result in disease. In the present article, up-to-date research and recommendations on the maternal transmission of infectious pathogens in breast milk or by breastfeeding are discussed in the context of local epidemiology and in the setting of an industrialized country.