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I'm 36 weeks pregnant and I have only ever had one outbreak which was a year ago. I am currently on daily acyclovir 3x a day until delivery. I read on here that my baby can get HSV from me breastfeeding him and that seriously breaks my heart. Can someone clarify?

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As far as i know, herpes is not transmitted via breastmilk unless you have it on your nipples. My advice is to wash your hands before breastfeeding baby and changing diapers.


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  • 4 weeks later...

No. Unless you contracted herpes on your nipples. Herpes in immune comptent people is localized to the area it infected. Boxer short area for genital herpes and facial area for oral herpes. You can donate blood if you want to.

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I have hsv1 and hsv2,  in their usual places, and just had a homebirth. My midwife has had me on valacyclovir for the month preceeding. She advises me that I can breastfeed with no risk of transmission, and that as long as I don't have an active coldsore or feel  one coming on that it is safe to kiss my baby.

I generally use L-lysine, st John's wort, and diet to control ob's; while breastfeeding st. John's wort is not advised since it mimics certain psych meds (ssri's i believe). Valacyclovir does not seem to cross breastmilk, but can diminish supply in some individuals. Though I have not had this experience. 

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