Can I donate breast milk if I have herpes?


According to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women with herpes simplex virus (HSV) can donate breast milk if they do not have active sores on their breasts or nipples, and if they have not taken antiviral medication in the past 21 days.

However, it is important to note that the decision to donate breast milk ultimately lies with the milk bank or donation program. They may have additional criteria or restrictions for accepting milk from donors with herpes, so it’s best to contact them directly for specific guidance.

Additionally, it’s important to practice good hygiene and proper milk handling techniques to prevent the spread of herpes or other infections. This includes washing hands and breasts with soap and water before pumping or collecting milk, using sterile collection equipment, and storing milk properly.

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