Last 7 months have been quite stressful for the entire world due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This may be especially more challenging for new mothers who are breastfeeding and concerned about their baby’s health.
Here is why a breastfeeding mother shouldn’t panic:
- Breastfeeding is good for babies– It protects them from many infections. While it is still not clear if breastmilk protects babies from COVID-19, breastfed infants are generally less likely to have severe respiratory symptoms when they get sick.
- Breastfeeding is good for moms– Hormones released in the mother’s body during breastfeeding promote wellness and can relieve stress and anxiety.
- Breast milk is readily available– No purchase or outside things required.
Coronavirus spreads during close contact between people when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. So far infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus has not been found in breastmilk. Breastfeeding has been shown to be safe when a mom has other viral illnesses like influenza. Nonetheless, there are precautions that every mother should be conscious of. In terms of personal hygiene, mothers should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, they can use hand sanitizer. Look for one that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Also, be sure to clean visibly dirty or possibly contaminated surfaces your infant may touch.
If you feel sick, be extra careful to cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands. Outside your home, wear a cloth face covering and practice physical distancing by avoiding public spaces and keeping a 6-foot distance from others whenever possible. And be sure that everyone in your home avoids close contact with anyone with respiratory symptoms such as coughing or individuals with probable COVID-19.
Breastfeeding has many important health benefits for babies and mothers, even during the pandemic. Talk with your Pediatrician about how to keep your baby healthy and what resources might be available in your community to help you.
The information given in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We urge readers to seek the advice of a physician before trying any home remedies.