COVID-19: Guidelines for Breastfeeding, Pumping, & Bottle Feeding

COVID-19: Guidelines for Breastfeeding, Pumping, & Bottle Feeding

Mar 19 , 2020

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Eliza Gerland

*As the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-changing situation, we will update this blog post as new information is made available.

Not sure how to navigate parenting during a health crisis? Feel like there's a lot of misinformation out there? We hear you, and we want to help.

In the ever-evolving COVID-19 crisis, it's important to stay informed and follow the guidelines and updates being released by experts from organizations like the CDC and WHO. ⁠For moms who are breastfeeding or pumping, here is the latest information from the CDC:⁠

Breastfeeding

According to the CDC, women who have not tested positive, are asymptomatic and are not under suspicion of having COVID-19 can continue to breastfeed with some additional precautions. “Currently, the primary concern is not whether the virus can be transmitted through breastmilk, but rather whether an infected mother can transmit the virus through respiratory droplets during the period of breastfeeding. A mother with confirmed COVID-19 or who is asymptomatic PUI should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant.” Frequent handwashing and personal hygiene practices can help prevent the spread of the disease as well as a potentially infected parent wearing a mask whenever the baby is breastfeeding or in close physical proximity.

Breast Pumping & Bottle Feeding

Moms using a manual or electric breast pump should wash her hands before touching any pump or bottle parts and follow normal recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use. This includes washing your Lilu Massage Bra and wiping down the massage cushions with a disinfecting wipe after each use.

For breast milk and formula feeding, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or suspect you may be sick, consider having someone who is not sick bottle feed the baby. If you do feed the baby yourself, consider wearing a face mask while in close proximity to the child and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before/after.

For more information about COVID-19 from lactation experts and doctors, watch this webinar recorded by Boober founder and IBCLC, Jada Shapiro, this week.

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References:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/03/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

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