Can a mother infected with Zika (Zica) virus breastfeed?

The media is reporting that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is found. What about a breastfeeding mother? Should she keep breastfeeding if she may be infected?

As of this writing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has indicated that breastfeeding should continue. However, as research is on-going, please check www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/ for the most current information. 

Pregnant women, or those considering becoming pregnant, can find more information about Zika here: www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html  or www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6502e1.htm 

General information is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/ and The Public Health Agency of Canada  

If you have any health concerns about yourself or your nursling, please contact your health care provider for personal advice.

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