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"Mom is a Hepatitis B Carrier
 - Is it safe to Breastfeed?"


Q.    I am a Hepatitis B carrier.  Is it safe for me to breastfeed my baby?

A.    All pregnant in Singapore are given a blood test in the course of their antenatal checks, and screened for Hepatitis.  As this is routinely done, all babies of infected mothers or suspected carriers are identified before birth.  These babies are given passive immunity very soon after birth, by gamma globulin.  This is followed up by the usual course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, which comprises 3 vaccinations over a 6 month period.  If you are a carrier, your baby would have been identified.  Once your baby has received the gamma globulin injection, you can safely breastfeed.

You may like to check if you are indeed a carrier.  To be properly deemed a carrier, you MUST have tested positive with the virus for 6 months:  that is, you must have had 2 separate positive tests 6 months apart.  If you have had only 1 test done, you might like to request your doctor to do another test 6 months from the first, to confirm that you are indeed a carrier.  Many women actually do not have this second test done, so their carrier status is unconfirmed.
 


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