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Considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the insignificant role of breastmilk in the transmission of other respiratory viruses, the mother can continue breastfeeding, while applying all the necessary precautions.

Risks involved with disruption of direct breastfeeding include:

  • A reduction in anti-infective factors provided to the infant.  The concentration of various anti-infective factors in expressed breastmilk may be less as compared to the concentration provided by the breastmilk when an infant feeds directly from the breast.
  • A reduction in breastmilk supply. Some women find that expressing removes milk less effectively than their infant.  If less milk is removed from a mother’s breasts, then she will make less milk.
  • Emotional distress for the infant. Breastfeeding is more than just about food for infants. It also provides infants with a sense of security and warmth.
  • Possible breast refusal by the infant when trying to re-commence direct breastfeeding due to the infant developing a preference to the bottle

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