Is Breast Feeding Contagious?
Discussion about Contagion of Breast Feeding:
Most common illnesses, such as colds, flu, skin infections, or
diarrhea, cannot be passed through breast milk. In fact, if a mother has
an illness, her breast milk will contain antibodies to it that will help
protect her baby from those same illnesses. (Source: excerpt from Breastfeeding: NWHIC)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Breast Feeding is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.