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Can I breastfeed or pump if I have coronavirus?

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We are still learning a lot about the transmission of COVID-19. Studies so far do not show that the virus is passed through breast milk. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. The decision to start or continue breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with her family and healthcare providers. A mother with confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 should take many precautions to avoiding infecting her baby. This includes protective measures like washing hands before touching the baby and wearing a face mask, if possible, while feeding at the breast. If you are infected, the CDC recommends pumping breastmilk and having a non-infected person bottle-feed the baby if possible.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020
Reviewed by Neha Pathak on March 23, 2020

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