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COVID- 19 AND BREASTFEEDING

 INTRO

 The virus has not been able to be detected in breast milk. There have been no reports yet of transmission via breast milk.

Antibodies have, however, been detected in breast milk samples, which gives reason to believe that breast milk might have a protective effect. If a breastfeeding mother contracts COVID-19, the child has already been exposed to the virus during the incubation period and so the mother may continue to breastfeed as long as she feels up to it.

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PRECAUTIONS FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS

• Wash hands before and after breastfeeding
• Wear a protective mask whilst in contact with the child and whilst breastfeeding
• Clean and disinfect any contaminated surfaces
• If using a breast pump, this is to be cleaned afterwards each time it is used

COVID-19  AND PREGNANT MOTHERS

Pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.

Mother-to child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, but after birth a newborn is susceptible to person-to-person spread.

PRECAUTIONS FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS

  • Wash hands with soap and water under running water frequently

  • Disinfect touched surfaces daily

  • Avoid over-crowded places

  • Avoid people who have been exposed to the virus

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