Coronavirus + Breastfeeding
CORONAVIRUS + BREASTFEEDING
Can you continue to breastfeed if you get coronavirus? Yes.
Those who become infected shortly before giving birth and then begin breastfeeding, and those who become infected while breastfeeding, will produce specific secretory IgA antibodies and many other critical immune factors in their milk to protect their nursing infants and enhance their infants’ own immune responses. At this time, these immunologic factors will aid their infants’ bodies to respond more effectively to exposure and infection. Following good hygiene practices will also help reduce transfer of the virus.
If someone who is breastfeeding becomes ill, it is important not to interrupt nursing. The baby has already been exposed to the virus and will benefit most from continued breastfeeding.
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Additionally, breastmilk samples from six patients with confirmed COVID19 were tested and all samples tested negative for the virus.
Read the full study here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30360-3/fulltext