Myths and facts about hepatitis B: if mom gets sick

One day my mother fell ill, and my grandmother came to us to help her. She told my mom that when she was sick, breastfeed me because I would get sick too! And my mother told her that the doctor had allowed her, and if I stop breastfeeding now, then I will definitely get sick. And then my mother and grandmother argued about it for a long, long time, until I fell asleep ...

It is really difficult for mothers to understand this issue, because along with real medical recommendations, there are a lot of myths. To find out what is true and what is fiction, we consulted a pediatrician Natalia Geiko. The doctor explained that according to the WHO recommendations, breastfeeding is prohibited only when the mother is seriously ill. Serious diseases include heart failure or serious diseases of the kidneys, liver or lungs. "In addition, there are four infections for which you cannot breastfeed: HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis. Other diseases are not contraindications to breastfeeding.

So, debunking the myths about hepatitis B, if mom gets sick

MYTH 1. If a mother has acute respiratory infections, her milk is contaminated with viruses. During this period, you cannot breastfeed the baby, because the baby will get sick.

FACT. Together with breast milk, the baby receives protective antibodies. If you stop breastfeeding, your baby will lose valuable immune support and his chances of getting sick will increase dramatically. In case of acute respiratory infections, it is not recommended to interrupt breastfeeding.

MYTH 2. If a mother is sick, then her milk must be boiled so as not to infect the child.

FACT. Breast milk should not be boiled, as this will destroy all the protective elements necessary for the child's immune system.

MYTH 3. If the mother's temperature rises to 38C and above, the milk "burns out", and after the illness it will simply disappear.

FACT. Milk does not burn out. The reason that it disappears in the other. Mom's lactation is regulated by consumption. If the mother is sick and the baby does not suck out milk at this time, the body reduces lactation. It is quite possible to maintain the mother's lactation level in case of forced interruption of hepatitis B. You just need to express 6-7 times a day. Even if the mother was hospitalized and underwent surgery, it is possible to return to breastfeeding in 2-3 weeks and even after 1 month. And for the baby, mother's milk will be as useful as before.

MYTH 4. In case of hepatitis B, the mother should never take any medications, as milk will become toxic to the baby.

FACT. Indeed, many drugs can damage the baby, so it is better not to take them. However, today there are drugs that are fully compatible with HS. When choosing a course of treatment and prescribing drugs, the doctor must take into account their safety for a nursing mother and baby. Whenever possible, in the treatment of non-infectious diseases, homeopathic remedies and herbal decoctions are prescribed.

MYTH 5. If the mother is diagnosed with an infectious disease, you cannot breastfeed.

FACT. Breastfeeding is prohibited only in cases where the mother is diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis B and C, or active phase of tuberculosis.

During the hepatitis B period, it is important for mom to constantly maintain breast health. Regardless of whether she is currently breastfeeding or forcibly interrupting GW, breast hygiene must be maintained at the proper level. The use of special Helen Harper Bra Pads will provide protection from leaks and constant air access to the skin, which means it will help maintain healthy nipples throughout the entire period of breastfeeding.

So my mother has recovered, and we can play again. And I really didn't get sick, as she told my grandmother. Mom, I know for sure, you are the best in the world!