Can a mother breastfeed if diagnosed with Ebola virus?

With Ebola in the news on a daily basis, mothers may be searching for information about the safety of breastfeeding.

The likelihood of anyone in Canada being infected with Ebola is extremely small and, therefore, the chance it would be a breastfeeding woman who becomes infected is very remote. The recommendations around breastfeeding in Ebola affected areas are continuously changing as more information about the virus and transmission is gathered. Please see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most current information.

If you have specific concerns about your own health, please contact a health professional.

To encourage, promote and provide breastfeeding, chest feeding and human milk feeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society