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.
- HKPR District Health Unit
- Healthy Families Intake Line: Call 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, to receive support and answers on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting
- Using Shared Laundry Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How to Wash Your Hands