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If I have MRSA, can I breastfeed my baby?

Mother’s milk is the best food for babies. MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, does not spread through mother’s milk; it spreads on the skin. If you do not have an active infection on your breast, you can breastfeed your baby. If you have a sore or rash on just one breast, you can breastfeed from the other breast. You can pump milk to relieve pressure on an infected breast and to help maintain your milk supply.

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