Monkeypox Prevention and Treatment in Nursing

While none of the preventive or therapeutic agents used in monkeypox has been fully studied in nursing mothers, Philip Anderson, PharmD, of the University of California, San Diego, presents a broad practical recommendation for the treatment and prevention of monkeypox in breastfeeding mothers in an article published in the peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine. Click here to read the article now.

dr. Anderson bases his recommendations on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, product labeling, and current principles of pharmacology and infectious disease regarding potential risks to the infant and feeding pumped human breast milk to the infant.

Individuals with monkey pox are advised not to breastfeed their infants due to the risk of the virus being passed on to the infant through direct contact. It may be possible to give the baby expressed milk if there are no lesions near the breast and hygienic precautions are taken.

Prevention of monkeypox with the monkeypox vaccine or with vaccinia immunoglobulin appears to be a low risk of harm to infants. In mothers vaccinated with the smallpox vaccine (vaccinia), breastfeeding and giving expressed milk is contraindicated until the vaccination scab has loosened from the vaccination site. For the treatment of monkeypox, the antiviral of choice is tecovirimat, which is also likely to pose a low risk for breastfeeding infants.

“Dr. Anderson provides a much-needed set of up-to-date practical guidelines for managing monkeypox disease in mother-infant dyads,” says Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, editor-in-chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, “particularly for mothers who want to feed their breast milk to their mothers.” to give offspring.”

About the magazine

Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published 10 times a year in print and online. The Journal publishes original scientific articles, reviews and case studies on a wide spectrum of topics in lactation science. It presents evidence-based research advances and explores the immediate and long-term outcomes of breastfeeding, including the epidemiological, physiological, and psychological benefits of breastfeeding. Tables of contents and a sample edition can be viewed on the Breastfeeding Medicine website.

About the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) is a global organization of physicians committed to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. Our mission is to unite members of the different medical specialties with this common goal. For more than 20 years, ABM has brought physicians together to provide evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing breastfeeding around the world. A large body of research has shown significant nutritional, physiological and psychological benefits for both mothers and children that persist well beyond childhood. But while breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong health and wellness, clinical practice lags behind scientific evidence. By building on our legacy of research in this area and sharing it with the wider medical community, we can overcome barriers, influence health policies and change behavior.

About the publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research. A complete list of the company’s more than 100 magazines, books, and news magazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publisher website.

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