Lyme Disease

Breastfeeding mothers undergoing treatment for Lyme disease can continue to breastfeed their infants.

Tick, ixodes scapularis

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.

Can Lyme disease be transmitted through breast milk?

There are no reports of Lyme disease being spread to infants through breast milk.

Is it safe for a mother to continue breastfeeding while treating Lyme disease with antibiotics?

Yes. Some antibiotics are safer than others while breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mothers diagnosed with Lyme disease should consult with their healthcare providers who can prescribe an antibiotic that is safe to use while breastfeeding.

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