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Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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I have coronavirus (COVID-19). Is it safe to keep breastfeeding my baby?
–Natasha

Yes. Mothers with coronavirus (COVID-19) can still breastfeed their babies or give expressed breast milk, say the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Your breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby and can protect against many sicknesses. So, keep nursing if you feel well enough.

To help prevent spreading the virus to your baby:

  • Wash your hands before and after touching your baby.
  • Wear a face mask, if possible, while nursing.
  • Wash your hands before touching your breast pump or bottle parts. Clean all parts after each use.
  • Let someone else in your household who is not sick give your baby your expressed breast milk.

Try to limit close face-to-face contact with your baby, and cough or sneeze into a tissue (and then throw it away).

If you have a fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your health care provider. Also call right away if your baby has a fever or seems sick.

Where Can I Get Updated Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Check the CDC and WHO websites for up-to-date, reliable information about coronavirus.

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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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