Can I breastfeed my baby?

Our medical advisory panel strongly recommends you should be encouraged to breastfeed your baby. Although there have been isolated cases describing GBS infection possibly related to breast milk contamination, the advantages of breast feeding will, in our medical advisory panel’s opinion, greatly outweigh the remote risk of transmitting GBS via breast feeding. High hygiene standards need to be maintained for all breastfeeding mothers, with the hands and nipple areas being kept clean.

The intravenous antibiotics recommended (see Treatment in labour) for pregnant women during labour through to delivery to protect her unborn 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 breast-feeding.