Over 350 million people in the world carry the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and many do not know they have it.
Most adults get hepatitis B for a short time and then get better. Sometimes the hepatitis B virus causes a long-term infection. Most adults clear the virus, but babies and young children are more likely to get chronic hepatitis B.
Babies born to mothers with HBV are given immunglobulin and vaccinations soon after being born.
Given the benefits of breastfeeding, a mother is usually encouraged to breastfeed, except when her nipples are cracked or bleeding.
If the person is also HBs Ag positive, then both of you are carriers.