This Version Posted: June 8, 2020

If You are Pregnant:
  • Reduce your exposure to COVID-19 and seek immediate medical care if experiencing symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing. 
  • There is currently no evidence that pregnant women are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. There is also currently no evidence that a developing child could be negatively affected by COVID-19.
  • Learn more on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Caring for Newborns (COVID-19) from the Public Health Agency of Canada

If You are Breastfeeding:
  • Continue to breastfeed if you’re well.  Antibodies and immune factors in breastmilk protect your baby against many infections. 
  • The virus that causes COVID-19 has not been found in breast milk and it’s unlikely that COVID-19 can be transmitted while breastfeeding.
  • Remember to wash your hands before contact with baby. 
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms but are well enough to breastfeed, wear a mask during feeding. Wash hands before and after contact with baby and disinfect surfaces. 
  • If you are too ill to breastfeed, try to express milk. Wear a mask when around baby, wash your hands and disinfect surfaces
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