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Should hepatitis B surface antigen positive mothers breast feed?
  1. M de Martino,
  2. C Appendino,
  3. M Resti,
  4. M E Rossi,
  5. A T Muccioli,
  6. A Vierucci

    Abstract

    Breast fed infants may be at greater risk of mother to infant hepatitis B virus infection compared with formula fed infants. We studied 85 infants born to 84 hepatitis B surface antigen positive mothers (only two of whom were hepatitis B e positive), and who had received immunisation against hepatitis B virus. Our results indicate that breast feeding does not increase the risk of developing hepatitis B virus infection in infants born to these mothers if immunisation is carried out.

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