My LO is 8.5 months old, and what I thought was a cluster of mosquito bites is actually a shingles outbreak. I had an outbreak almost exactly one year ago while I was 7 months pregnant, and my OB never prescribed me anything and pretty much just said "don't touch it". Well here we are a year later, and where did it pop up but on my right butt cheek. Greeeeeat.
I can deal with the pain, and I can deal with the itch, but what I'm concerned about is can I pass the virus to my son who has yet to have his chicken pox vaccine? I asked my sons pediatrician what to do, and he said he's still too young for the vaccine, but I should stop breastfeeding for 3 days. My OB turns around and says I should continue breastfeeding because it will help with immunity for my son. HUH?!?!? What do you think? My son HATES formula with a passion (had to give it to him when I was having supply issues early on) and I really don't like the idea of "pump and dump" because let's face it, breast milk is invaluable.
My reasoning is the outbreak is no longer wet and is starting to crust over, and c'mon, I'm not gonna scratch my ass then touch my son to begin with, so I don't see how I have to worry about that kind of contamination (?). Also in my head I'm thinking, well, the outbreak was wet and yucky on Saturday, and today is Monday. If he were going to be infected by the virus, he's already been exposed to it so wouldn't something have happened by now?
So my dilemma: go against my sons pediatrician and side with my OB and keep giving him the breast milk, or go out and buy some gross formula and pray he'll take it out of desperation. I'm almost to the point of mental exasperation, sticking my head in the sand and chanting "they're just mosquito bites, they're just mosquito bites."
Any advise, knowledge, first hand experience will be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!