Covid-19 positive moms told to continue breastfeeding babies

Covid-19 positive moms told to continue breastfeeding babies

By Fernan Angeles

NEWLY born babies should not be separated from her mom even if the latter has been found contaminated with the deadly coronavirus strain, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

In fact, WHO went as far as issuing an advice which tells mothers, who have just given birth to their babies should generally continue breastfeeding and should not be separated from their babies – even if they’re Covid-19 positive In a virtual press conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus insisted that that the benefits outweighed the risks, citing the UN health agency’s findings that see no effect on women transmitting the new coronavirus to their babies when breastfeeding.

“We know that children are at relatively low-risk of Covid-19, but are at high risk of numerous other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents,” he said.

“Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of Covid-19,” he added. Anshu Banerjee, the WHO’s senior advisor for reproductive health and research, told the briefing that, so far, the live virus that causes Covid-19 had not been found in breast milk.

“Mothers with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should be encouraged to initiate and continue breastfeeding and not be separated from their infants, unless the mother is too unwell,” Tedros said.

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