Can a mother breastfeed her baby if she is COVID positive?

Can a mother breastfeed her baby if she is COVID positive?

Vaishnavi is now in her ninth month pregnancy. In the meantime, she had slight fever and tested positive for Corona. She is currently receiving treatment at the hospital and is due to deliver in a few days. Vaishnavi is afraid… whether she will infect her child with the virus if she breastfeeds!

Divinity is the mother of a three-month-old boy. She has recently been diagnosed with coronavirus without any symptoms and is undergoing self-quarantine treatment at home. However, in this order, whether to breastfeed her baby or not .. she is terribly afraid of where her baby will get the infection through her breast milk.

At a time when the corona pandemic is booming, many expectant mothers and new mothers have similar doubts about the health of their babies and the safety of breastfeeding. Can the mother breastfeed if the mother or baby is infected with the virus in the current adverse conditions? Can she stay in the same room with the baby? Can she hold the baby close to her heart?

Leading gynecologist Dr. Savitha Devi has given many suggestions to all the mothers who are getting stuck with many such questions. Come find out what she has to say about the need for breastfeeding during the corona in the wake of ‘World Breastfeeding Week’ (August 1-7) and the precautions to be taken in this order ..!

We all know that breast milk is the elixir of life for newborns. However, during this time when the corona epidemic is booming, every mother who is COVID positive suspects that the virus can be transmitted not only from her milk but also through droplets when she is breastfeeding. However, according to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Department of Women and Child Welfare India, benefits of breastfeeding one’s baby is superior under any circumstances, even if the mother or the baby has COVID infection. Therefore it is beneficial to breastfeed the baby with all due care. Similarly, it is important for the mother and baby to stay in the same room, to ensure that they have as much skin-to-skin touch as possible, and to follow the kangaroo care method. In the case of babies born prematurely these processes contribute greatly.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for babies?

Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are many benefits of breast milk for babies. Breastfeeding helps the baby to grow up healthy, to keep the blood glucose levels in balance, and to keep the body temperature normal. Antibodies to Covid-19 have been found in breast milk, thereby increasing the immunity of the baby. Breastfeeding also plays a key role in increasing the bond between mother and baby. Studies show that babies who are breastfed by their mothers are healthier not only during and after breastfeeding but later also less likely to have behavioral disorders and are more intelligent. Statistics show that non-breastfed babies are 14 times more likely to die within a few days of birth, than breastfed babies.

Many benefits for moms!

Breastfeeding not only benefits babies but also the mothers. Breastfeeding can help to lose weight, prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, it also provides contraceptive benefits. If also provides contraceptive benefits. However, in Corona-positive mothers, we do not have accurate information on whether the virus is transmitted to the baby through breastmilk. Although some studies have shown that viral RNA can be found in breast milk, no trace of the live virus has been found in breast milk.

These precautions are mandatory while breastfeeding!

  • Corona positive mothers must take certain precautions when breastfeeding their babies.
  • The mother must wear a mask.
  • Hands should be washed frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • It is important to wash her hands before and after touching the baby.
  • All surfaces touched by the mother should be sanitized from time to time ..or cleaned with bleach.
  • It is sufficient to clean the nipples and breasts for the first time before breastfeeding. There is no need to clean them before breastfeeding every time unless the drops fall on the breasts when she coughs.

If the severity of Covid‌ is high in mothers ..!

In severe cases, the mother may need to be isolated. After cleaning the breasts, the milk from mother can be pumped and given to the baby. Pumping in this way provides all the benefits of proper nutrition and breastfeeding for the baby. The mother can follow this procedure till her health improves so that the milk in her breast does dry up. However, in this pumping process the milk the baby, the milk bottles, breast pumps, utensils, etc. should also be cleaned from time to time. These should be kept separately and carefully not to be touched again.
If the baby is sick with Covid Breastfeeding is very important when the baby is sick due to Covid. The antibodies present in breast milk help the baby to fight the disease effectively by boosting the immune system.

Diet for breastfeeding!

Breastfeeding mothers need to take more nutritious food than they do during pregnancy. In this order, a diet rich in calories, proteins, vitamins, iron, calcium, etc. must be taken. However, when the mother is very ill ..the food may not taste good and it may not be possible to take all of these. In such a case, according to the advice of a nutritionist, it is better to take food that you like and is nutritious at the same time!

Breastfeeding mothers need to take more nutritious food than they do during pregnancy. In this order, a diet rich in calories, proteins, vitamins, iron, calcium, etc. must be taken. However, when the mother is very ill ..the food may not taste good and it may not be possible to take all of these. In such a case, according to the advice of a nutritionist, it is better to take food that you like and is nutritious at the same time!