COVID-19 and Breast / Chestfeeding – Here is what we know.

We want to ensure that information related to COVID-19 and breast / chestfeeding is compiled in one location for convenience. This is a challenging time for everyone as the nation was taken by surprise at the magnitude of this global pandemic. There are more questions than answers at this time and changes occur daily making it difficult to decipher fact from fiction.

A common theme found throughout the resources below is the recommendation to continue to breast / chestfeed throughout an illness. Breastmilk is magic and there are several studies which prove that it is key in helping babies to remain healthy and free of common illnesses.

“One of the most amazing qualities of human milk is how it adapts. As mother and baby are exposed to bacteria and viruses, milk includes antibodies specific to those antigens. It also contains more general disease-fighting substances that provide help in preventing many common illnesses. A mother will pass antibodies to her baby through her milk, which can actually destroy bacteria in the infant’s gastrointestinal tract before they have a chance to make baby sick.”


This list below complies breast / chestfeeding information from several reputable sources. Please take the time to read, examine the information and take notes. COVID-19 is a new illness but there is lots to be gleaned from experience in managing other illnesses (influenza, rotavirus, the common cold). We are learning as we go. It is important to note that updates are made as information becomes available resulting in daily changes to policies, procedures and methods of operation. We ask that you make it a priority to continuously check the sites below for updated information.

Harvard Medical School – COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits – ADDED April 4, 2020

World Health Organization (WHO) – Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – Published March 18, 2020

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019

La Leche League USA – Coronavirus and Breastfeeding

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – ABM Statement on Coronavirus 2019

KellyMom – Should breastfeeding continue when mom is sick?

KellyMom – COVID-19: Current Recommendations at a Glance – ADDED March 28, 2020

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients – ADDED May 4, 2020

Until Next Time,

💙 Salimah

Peace, Love & Breastmilk™

The Maziwa Tribe blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Content from Maziwa Tribe’s blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this blog is intended for general consumer understanding. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please contact your family pediatrician or other medical professional to obtain medical advice.

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