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Pediatricians recommend maintaining breastfeeding in Covid-19 positive mothers

From August 1st to 7th this week, we will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Given the background of the pandemic, it is important that pediatricians continue to breastfeed Covid-19 positive mothers.

Director of Breastfeeding Susanna of the Nutrition and Breastfeeding Committee of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP). Therefore, based on the current evidence, “it is recommended to continue breastfeeding from birth when the clinical situation of the newborn and its mother permits.”

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, it insists that “the benefits of early exposure and breastfeeding far outweigh the transmission and disease risks associated with COVID-19.”

Recommendations for mothers with suspected or confirmed contagion

If the mother suspects or is diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics recommends strict contact isolation measures in breastfeeding to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hydroalcoholic gel, especially before touching babies.
  • Wear a medical mask while breastfeeding.
  • When sneezing or coughing, cover your mouth and nose with tissues, treat immediately, and do proper hand hygiene again.
  • Clean and disinfect the surface regularly.

Despite these recommendations, if the mother suspects or is diagnosed with an infection and conditions do not allow breastfeeding, the best alternative for newborns and infants is breastfeeding. “Regardless of which method you choose, the most important thing is to ensure hygiene throughout the entire process,” said Dr. Ares.

Therefore, the mother and anyone assisting her should wash their hands before milking or touch any part of the breast pump or the used container after each use, and it is recommended to do so even if there is no such illness.