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Hello

Dear Dr. Olson

My son is 2 weeks old.
I just came down with shingles.
Can I breast feed my newborn?
Is it ok for my newborn to be around me?
Is he going to get chickenpox?
What should I do?

Thank you

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Hi, sunny,

Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. You had chicken pox in the past.  You have given your son protective antibodies against this virus all during the pregnancy.  It would be highly unlikely that your would give your son chickenpox and impossible to give him shingles.  You can nurse and do the things you usually do.  To be extra safe, just don't have him touch the shingles and wash your hands.  The only way one can give chicken pox to another person if you have shingles is by direct touch to the shingles blisters.  It is no an airborne transmission.

Good luck, Dr. Olson

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