Baird JK, Jensen SM, Urba WJ, Fox BA, Baird JR.J [...]
Walker K, Green J, Petty J, Whiting L, Staff L, [...]
Gray KJ, Bordt EA, Atyeo C, Deriso E, Akinwunmi B, [...]
Breastfeeding Information and Research Team, Australian Breastfeeding Association [...]
It is well known that breastfeeding provides infants with protection against a range of viral infections. Antibodies to COVID-19 have been found in the breastmilk of mothers infected with COVID-19 and those vaccinated against COVID-19. Health professionals can reassure mothers that they can put their baby skin-to-skin, start breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding if they are confirmed/suspected to be infected with COVID-19. COVID-19 has not been shown to be transmitted through breastmilk.
Palmquist AEL, Parry KC, Wouk K, Lawless GC, Smith [...]
Lubbe W, Botha E, Niela-Vilen H, Reimers P.Int Breastfeed [...]
Providing breastfeeding support during the COVID-19 pandemic: Concerns of mothers who contacted the Australian Breastfeeding Association
ABA Research published online ‘pre-print’. Concerns of mothers seeking [...]
Using the Coronavirus Pandemic as an Opportunity to Address the Use of Human Milk and Breastfeeding as Lifesaving Medical Interventions.
At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, knowledge of how the virus progresses is incomplete. Currently, based on limited testing in COVID-19 and SARS (which is a very similar virus) and other respiratory viruses, breastmilk is thought not to be important in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided detailed guidance on the care of infants of women who are a person under investigation (PUI) or confirmed to have COVID‐19, which supports immediate postpartum mother‐infant contact and breastfeeding with appropriate respiratory precautions. Although many countries have followed WHO guidance, others have implemented infection prevention and control policies (IPC) that impose varying levels of postpartum separation and discourage or prohibit breastfeeding or provision of expressed breastmilk.