If you are breastfeeding you’ve most likely been worrying about what you’ll do should you contract COVID-19. Will you still be able to breastfeed? Won’t you make your baby sick? What if she doesn’t want to drink from a bottle? She’ll starve…
We’ve got great news moms – the coronavirus cannot be transmitted to your baby through your breast milk.
“I can assure you that the COVID-19 virus has not been found in breast milk and research evidence has shown that the virus is not transmitted through breast milk or through expressed breast milk from a mother who has tested positive for COVID-19 or suspects that she has the virus,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said at the launch of Breastfeeding Week today.
He also encouraged mothers to continue breastfeeding if they did test positive for COVID-19, or suspect that they might have the virus. “Mothers must practice good respiratory hygiene like wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently with soap and water, using hand sanitisers and frequently disinfecting commonly used surfaces,” when breastfeeding he said.
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