Breastfeeding not advised for COVID-19-infected
Infected women can start breastfeeding after recovery,
According to the current available data, no novel coronavirus nucleic acid has been detected in the breast milk of infected puerperae, said Zhao Yangyu with Beijing-based Peking University Third Hospital.
However, it is still too early to give a clear answer on whether mothers with COVID-19 carry the virus in their breast milk due to the limited cases reported to date, Zhao noted.
In addition, there may also be a risk of contact transmission during breastfeeding, Zhao said, advising lactating women with confirmed COVID-19 infections to feed their infants with formula or other food instead of mother’s milk.
Infected women can start breastfeeding after recovery, the obstetrician noted. Source: SCMP