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When can you breastfeed your baby if you have tuberculosis (TB)?

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After your baby is born, you should be able to breastfeed her safely, even if you’re still taking first-line drugs for TB. If you’re on isoniazid, keep taking vitamin B6 while you nurse your newborn.

Although some of the drug will pass into your breast milk, the amount is too little to cause any harm.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Routine tests during pregnancy.”

CDC: “TB treatment and pregnancy,” “TB and pregnancy.”

National Health Service/Public Health England: “Pregnancy and tuberculosis.”

Drug safety : “Drug treatment for tuberculosis during pregnancy: Safety considerations.”

Queensland Health (Australia): “Guideline: Treatment of tuberculosis in pregnant women and newborn infants.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 12, 2018

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