New H1N1 Guidelines for Breastfeeding Moms

The CDC has previously recommended that breastfeeding mothers be separated from their infants in cases of maternal H1N1 for a period up to 1 week.  As a breastfeeding mother, I found this suggestion impractical and basically preposterous.  I was prepared to fight any doctor tooth and nail who felt it was a good idea should the need arise.

Fortunately, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) released a new set of recommendations that are much more breastfeeding friendly.  You can find the article here.

To my knowledge the CDC has not revised its position on separation, but armed with the AAP recommendations it should be easier for moms to negotiate this potentially sticky breastfeeding situation!


Evenspor said...

I noticed that, though they mentioned that the virus will not pass through the milk, they did not mention that anti-bodies will.

Mike Carey and Luisa Mercado said...

It's good to know that somehow there is already a known cure for h1n1 virus. It was really a problem many month before.

Thanks for the positive information about moms with h1n1 virus (re:breastfeeding). We do agree with you that there is always a way scientifically/medically. This is good information!

Mike and Luisa