Updated: April 2, 2020
Protect your family by taking preventive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are breastfeeding your baby, here is what to do:
- Continue to breastfeed if you’re well. Antibodies and immune factors in breastmilk protect your baby against many infections. 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/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.
- It’s unknown if a pregnant mom can pass COVID-19 to her baby OR if there’s any impact on her baby. Pregnant women should reduce COVID-19 exposure and seek immediate medical care if experiencing symptoms like fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
- If you require breastfeeding support, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 5003.
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