What does the World Health Organization say about having Covid19 and Breastfeeding?

I've had a lot of questions about breastfeeding with Covid19. We know that early and exclusive breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact is critical for your baby's health, especially for babies born early or small.


Did you also know that breastmilk has antibodies against Covid19 when the mother has/had it? The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life.


The WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID19 be encouraged to initiate or continue breastfeeding and additionally that they should be counseled that the benefits of breastfeeding substantially outweigh the risks for transmission.


Additionally, moms and babies should be kept together. Skin-to-skin contact and kangaroo mother care improve thermoregulation, blood glucose control, and support a good strong mom-baby attachment. There is also a decrease in the risk of mortality and severe infection among low birthweight babies.


It is important to adhere to infection prevention and control measures to prevent transmission between suspected or confirmed mothers and their newborns or young babies but it is equally important to continue to advocate for uninterrupted breastfeeding relationships and to provide mothers with the evidence-based information that supports these recommendations.


With doula love,


Erica

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