Tips on Breastfeeding During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2021.

Breastfeeding is particularly effective against infectious diseases because it strengthens the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother. As with all confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, mothers with any symptoms who are breastfeeding or practicing skin-to-skin contact should take precautions.

Question: Can I touch and hold my newborn baby if I have COVID-19?

Answer: Yes. Close contact and early, exclusive breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive. You should be supported to;

• Breastfeed safely, with good respiratory hygiene;
• Hold your newborn skin-to-skin, and
• Share a room with your baby
• You should wash your hands before and after touching your baby, and keep all surfaces clean. Mothers with symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to wear a medical mask, during any contact with the baby.