Covid-19: Should I Breastfeed My Baby?

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What if I infect my newborn? Can I breastfeed?

As a new mom, your concerns are valid. At this moment, there is no evidence to suggest that the virus can be carried in breast milk so it is perfectly safe to breastfeed.

Nothwithstanding, you should be cautious when breastfeeding. As sneezing and coughing on your baby could lead to infection.

Safety tips:

  1. Wash your hands before touching your baby, bottles or breastpump
  2. Avoid sneezing and coughing on the baby
  3. If available, wear a face mask
  4. Ensure breast pump is cleaned properly
  5. Clean and disinfect surfaces you have touched

Still worried? You may decide to feed your baby with formula but you must ensure bottles are sterilized. And if you are expressing breast milk at home or hospital, ensure you use a dedicated breast pump. DO NOT SHARE!

 

Stay safe

 

Featured Image Source: Shot by Tung256 (Source: Pixaby)

References:

RCOG.org - Coronavirus infection and pregnancy [Accessed March 26th 2020]

WHO - Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding [Accessed March 26th 2020]

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