Coronavirus Disease – Information on Pregnancy and for Breastfeeding Mothers
Our experts have been working to create key advice and support surrounding the Coronavirus disease, regarding pregnancy and for breastfeeding mothers. Our website has a full hub sharing extensive details on the topic, but to offer a further resource, we have pulled together commonly asked questions and answers below.
Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I have Coronavirus?
Studies are limited, but until now they show that the mother can continue to give her milk to the baby taking precautions as using a mask and washing hand when feeding at the breast.
Can I pass COVID-19 to my baby through breast milk?
The limited studies on breastfeeding with COVID-19 haven’t detected the virus in breast milk. It’s still unknown for sure if breast milk can or not be a carrier of the virus. However, because of the benefits of human milk, UNICEF states that the mother can continue doing so, while applying all the necessary precautions.
I am pregnant. Am I in the at-risk group contract Coronavirus?
Not directly. But because pregnant women are more susceptible to infections, you should protect yourself following the general guidelines.
Which symptoms are associated with COVID-19?
The main symptoms include:
- Fever (>37.8C/ >100F)
- Cough, i.e acute (newly developed) cough and/or
- Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties and/or tiredness
I am pregnant. If I get infected with COVID-19 will my baby be hurt?
The risks to newborns from mothers with COVID-19 are still unknown. There has been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy or delivery in babies born to mothers with COVID-19 during their pregnancy. But, it’s not clear that the outcomes were related to the infection.
You can read more details and expert advice on the Coronavirus on our website.