breast feeding and isolation if maternal chickenpox

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  • a mother with chickenpox should not be isolated from her baby and can be encouraged to breast-feed
  • the mother and baby should be isolated from other mothers and babies on the ward
  • if the mother has chickenpox lesions close to the nipple, milk should be expressed until the lesions have crusted
  • if the neonate is protected from infection by varicella zoster immune globulin and/or aciclovir, then the neonate can drink the expressed milk


  1. Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin 2005; 43(9): 69-72.

Last reviewed 01/2018