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Coronavirus update: Feeding your baby

 

Along with guidance from WHO, UNICEF and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology our current information about breast feeding is that the virus has not been isolated in breastmilk and therefore does not pose an infection risk.

If you are breastfeeding and have no symptoms please continue to do so and be vigilant with handwashing.

If you are known to be infected or develop any symptoms as per NHS guidance, keeping mother and baby together and breastfeeding is still encouraged, but we encourage you to wear a mask when feeding and in intimate contact with their baby, always following the usual hand washing guidance. If you choose or need to give expressed milk, the usual guidance re sterilising and hand washing remain.

It is worth remembering that you will make antibodies that will be passed on to your babies via your milk, usually within four hours. This protection will not exist if babies are formula fed.

This is an emerging field and information will change as we become more knowledgeable, but in the limited studies there has been no transition from mother to her baby via breastfeeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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