1. Burke, Joan BSN, RN, IBCLC

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Jeannette Crenshaw states that hepatitis B-positive mothers may initiate breastfeeding as soon as the infant has received the hepatitis B immunoglobulin. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics states in the 2003 Red Book that breastfeeding need not be delayed until after the baby is immunized. 1 There is no evidence that breastfeeding before the infant is immunized would compromise the health of the baby.


Joan Burke, BSN, RN, IBCLC


New York, NY




1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Recommendations for care of children in special circumstances: human milk. In: Pickering LK, editor. 2003 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 26th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2003. p. 117-23. [Context Link]