Published in Hepatitis Weekly, October 18th, 1999
The document reflects recent guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the risk of transmission is so small and the benefits of breastfeeding so great, women with HCV should feel able to breastfeed their infants.
Although the transmission of HCV through breastmilk has not been clearly documented, past studies indicate that the infection rate is 4 percent in both breastfed and bottle-fed infants....
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