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Researchers have tested the breastmilk of only a few women with coronavirus. The samples had no virus. That doesn’t mean you can’t pass on the virus while nursing. The safest option may be to pump and have someone who isn’t infected feed your baby. If you really want to nurse your baby yourself, wash your hands before breastfeeding and consider wearing a face mask. Take these same precautions while bottle-feeding your baby.

From: Coronavirus and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

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Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Denise Jamieson, MD, MPH, the James Robert McCord Professor & Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

UpToDate: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Pregnant and worried about the new coronavirus?”

CDC: “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on March 23, 2020

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