STUDY LOOKS AT MOTHER-TO-CHILD HEP C TRANSMISSION (NOV 2012) - A review in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at the effect of different variables on the transmission rate of hepatitis C from mother-to-child during pregnancy. The study also looked at the effect of breastfeeding on hepatitis C transmission. [PubMed abstract]

StraightHealthcare analysis: Pregnant women with hepatitis C should be aware that the risk of transmission to their child is 3 - 10%. Women with higher viral loads and women with HIV are at the highest risk for transmission. Breastfeeding does not appear to be a risk factor for transmission. There are no medications currently approved to prevent the transmission of hepatitis C during pregnancy.