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    Default MRSA and breastfeeding

    with all the stuff about MRSA in the news... I am wondering... should mothers with MRSA continuing breastfeeding? I couldn't find any good info about this online....

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    I am not sure but its a good question, I worked in a nursing home and we had to cover head to toe. I would be curious to see if bf women make antibodies to it that pass to baby?

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    or, can baby "catch" it from mom?

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    I don't know maybe someone will come along with an answer.
    I know when I had a breast infection they said I could nurse unless my fever went over 102.oo it was 101.

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    i have never heard of not nursing from a fever of 102? what difference would the fever make?!?

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    My friend has MRSA and her family has been dealing with it for a year now!!! Her youngest son got it, then her daughter and it has been passed around between family members all year! MRSA isn't anything new.. but it is sooooooo gross!
    Proud Mommy to Michael who is 3 now! Michael was nurseynursed for 2 years!!
    I did not make up this persona, but if I did, I would make myself 50 pounds lighter and 5 years younger!!!!

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    do call your local leader she might have up to date info....

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    MRSA can be passed from mother to child through breast milk, but you have to weigh the benefits that BF provides.

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    what benefits would breastmilk provide if the baby could get MRSA?

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    Default Re: MRSA and breastfeeding

    Quote Originally Posted by Mummy View Post
    it could be passed with constant contact anyway

    It passes through skin contact so when the mother has it, there is a very very high probability that the baby will get it with or without BF. Since the mother will have the antibodies against it, BF will be beneficial to the baby in that case providing the baby with the antibodies too.

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