Our medical advisory panel strongly recommends you should be encouraged to breastfeed your baby. Although there have been isolated cases describing group B Strep infection, possibly related to breast milk contamination, the advantages of breastfeeding will, in our medical advisory panel’s opinion, greatly outweigh the remote risk of transmitting GBS via breastfeeding.
High hygiene standards need to be maintained for all breastfeeding mothers, with the hands and nipple areas being kept clean.
The intravenous antibiotics recommended for pregnant women during labour and at intervals until the baby is born to protect the newborn baby from GBS infection are safe for breastfeeding mothers, although you should make sure your medical professionals know you intend to breastfeed your baby.
If you develop mastitis or a breast abscess, you should seek medical advice regarding breastfeeding.