Allattamento al seno e malattie infettive materne: Stato dell'arte

Translated title of the contribution: Breastfeeding and infectious diseases: State of the art

A. A. Zuppa, E. Antichi, A. Fracchiolla, C. Carducci, P. Catenazzi, C. Romagnoli

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Despite the well-known nutritive, psychological, immunological and economical benefits of breast-feeding, some contraindications exist, such as some mother infectious diseases transmitted dirough the breastfeeding itself. The risk of transmitting an infectious agent dirough breast milk seems to be relatively low, except for some virus diseases (CMV HIV), for some invasive bacteria forms (Salmonella typhimurium and Brucella) and for the presence of abscesses and mastitis. In some mother infectious disease, a correct hygiene allows the continuation of breastfeeding without risks for the infant, whereas in other cases it is recommended to breastfeed for the role of defence carried out from specific antibothes contained in the breast milk. Therefore, the decision of interrupting the brestfeeding may be done only after comparing risks and benefits, considering current knowledge on transmission of infectious pathologies.

Translated title of the contributionBreastfeeding and infectious diseases: State of the art
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)397-409
Number of pages13
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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