Breast Milk and Group B Streptococcus
Suzy Lim, PhD
7/20/2021 10:20:55 pm
Thank you for this work and pleasant presentation.
7/23/2021 01:21:02 am
As far as I am aware there isn't a standardised method for testing breast milk for GBS but it would probably be tested for by culturing on nutrient agars or broths. I think the biggest issue would not be the testing itself but that there isn't evidence to guide what we do with the result. A negative result will be a great reassurance to the family but a positive result could cause a lot of worry when we don't currently know what the best course of action is.
Group B Strep International
7/21/2021 06:49:25 am
Thank you, Dr. Lim, for your excellent presentation on breast milk and GBS. Appreciate you sharing your expertise with us!
7/23/2021 01:22:37 am
Thank you having me present :)
Ronald Librizzi, DO
7/21/2021 07:31:57 am
Thank you for bringing up an issue that I was unaware of as an advocate of breast-feeding. Great presentation.
7/23/2021 01:24:30 am
Thank you - breast milk really is amazing liquid, so many benefits!
7/21/2021 02:51:11 pm
I didn't know about retrograde flow BACK into the breast. Does that mean that if my baby had GBS, THEY could infect the milk instead of GBS being in the milk already??
7/23/2021 01:36:00 am
Yes, it is possible for GBS in breast milk to be the result of GBS from the babies mouth being sucked back in the milk duct. It is seen more commonly when the baby has a high level of GBS in their mouth.
7/21/2021 04:53:37 pm
Thank you for addressing these I examined lactation related conundrums. Hope you publish your review ASAP. 1) should banked breast milk be tested for GBS etc, 2) could you opine on how to culture?3)does biofilm control offer any advantages 5) should babies mouths be cultured in the work up of maternal mastis; 6 what’s to learn from industrial cow milk production? Thanks again.
7/23/2021 03:49:26 am
1. Banked breast milk would normally be pasteurised - this would kill any GBS present.
7/22/2021 05:18:23 pm
Thank you for your easy-to-understand presentation! Women often contact GBSI with questions about GBS in breast milk. Glad to have this resource to share with them!
7/23/2021 03:54:17 am
Thank you for having me present - I really enjoyed putting this presentation together and hope people find it useful :)
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