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We have already seen how maternal nutrition and lifestyle can shape the development and future health of a baby via epigenetic mechanisms. Read a simplified explanation of epigenetics. Occupational exposure to human breast milk has not been shown to lead to transmission of HIV or Hepatitis B infection. In most cases of suspected infection in the breastfeeding mother, the delay in seeking medical care and making the diagnosis means the infant has been ex-posed already. Learn more about contraindications to breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding are not only limited to the breastfed child.