WHO releases Scientific Brief on ‘Breastfeeding and COVID-19’

Recommendations

WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue to breastfeed.

Mothers should be counselled that the benefits of breastfeeding substantially outweigh the potential risks for transmission.

Mother and infant should be enabled to remain together while rooming-in throughout the day and night and to practice skin-to-skin contact, including kangaroo mother care, especially immediately after birth and during establishment of breastfeeding, whether they or their infants have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Based on available evidence, WHO recommendations on the initiation and continued breastfeeding of infants and young children also apply to mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Useful Links:

Link to the related WHO news release:

https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/breastfeeding-and-covid-19

Link to the Scientific Brief:

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/10665332639

Link to WHO page on breastfeeding:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/breastfeeding#tab=tab_1

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