I am concerned and hoping you might have some advice. I was recently in very close contact with an individual w/special needs I later learned has CMV. I was changing the individual's diapers, and in frequent contact with saliva and fluids from the individual for several days, and then learned after the fact that they had this virus, which is one of the leading causes of birth defects when a mother gets the infection while pregnant. The reasearch I've done says the virus is shed in breastmilk also but is usually only dangerous to premature and underweight newborns, the immunocompromised and those pregnant or planning a pregnancy if they don't yet have the virus and don't have antibodies.
I made an appointment to get tested to see if I have the virus and if so, whether it's old or active. If it's active I'm worried about the repecussions on my baby that I'm breastfeeding who is 6 months old. She was born at 36 weeks. All I can find is research on newborns and pregnancies (can be devastating).
Does anyone know anything about whether I should stop breastfeeding before I find out if I have the active virus, or even after?
Thanks so much.