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Did You Know? Guidelines for Breastfeeding for Mothers with Zika Virus Infection

Zika virus RNA has been identified in breast milk, but attempts to culture the virus have been unsuccessful (9). No cases of Zika virus infection associated with breastfeeding have been reported. CDC encourages mothers with Zika virus infection and living in areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission to breastfeed their infants. Current evidence suggests that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the theoretical risks of Zika virus transmission through breast milk.

CDC Update: Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Infants and Children with Possible Zika Virus Infection – United States, February, 2016