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Pregnancy and COVID-19 – Breastfeeding

December 26, 2020
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"If you decide that you want to have close physical contact with your baby and you're known to be COVID positive at the time of delivery, it is still possible to do so. Again, according to CDC guidelines, and according to the guidelines that the hospital has in place, what is really important is that if breastfeeding is undertaken, that the mom wears a mask and uses hand sanitizer and good cleanliness and good hand washing before and after breastfeeding the baby and making sure that the transmission to the baby, which is through respiratory secretions, so breathing or mucous membrane contact with the baby, kissing the baby, for example, that is how COVID-19 has spread. And so reducing that risk, should you decide to breastfeed your baby and be in close physical contact with your baby means using a mask properly using proper personal protective equipment and using good hand washing or good hand sanitizer with the appropriate amount of alcohol in the hand sanitizer. And of course the hospital would be your best guide in that situation. But the bottom line is that yes, you can have physical contact with your baby if you're COVID positive and you decide that that is the route to go, it may not be the best route for all families. And some families will decide to have another caregiver, potentially the other parent care for the baby. Another parent who may be COVID negative care for the baby throughout that newborn period, so that the risk to the baby is much lower. And the physical separation from COVID positive mom that has just delivered the baby may be offset by that bonding experience with the other parent, thereby creating a really low risk of COVID transmission to the newborn."

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