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Guidance from the World Health Organization

Women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so.
They should:

  •  Practice respiratory hygiene and wear a mask
  •  Wash before and after touching the baby
  •  Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces

BREASTFEEDING HOTLINES:

  • Michigan WIC: Call 833-MIWICBF or 833-649-4223. The phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. 
  • Ohio: Call 888-588-3423. The hotline is available 24/7. 
  • Oklahoma: Call 877-271-MILK or text OK2BF to 61222. Urgent calls are returned 24/7, and texting is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

To find local help with breastfeeding in Kansas, visit the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition “Local Resources Directory

For General Breastfeeding Resources for Parents, visit http://ksbreastfeeding.org/resources/general-resources-parents/

NEW studies on COVID-19 and maternal/infant separation after birth:

Neonatal management and outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observation cohort study – authors concluded that perinatal transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely to occur if correct hygiene precautions are undertaken, and that allowing neonates to room in with their mothers and direct breastfeeding are safe procedures when paired with effective parental education of infant protective strategies.

Maternal transmission of SARS‐COV‐2 to the neonate, and possible routes for such transmission: a systematic review and critical analysis – authors concluded that neonatal COVID-19 infection is uncommon, rarely symptomatic, and the rate of infection is no greater when the baby is born vaginally, breastfed, or remains with the mother. They also stated that they found no evidence that isolating the baby from the mother is beneficial if hygiene precautions are taken, and encouraging the baby to spend time with its mother is likely to help with breastfeeding and bonding.

Resources, Guidance & Recommendations:

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

ABM Statement On Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Should Infants Be Separated from Mothers with COVID-19? First, Do No Harm

Breastfeeding and Respiratory Antivirals: Coronavirus and Influenza

American Academy of Family Physicians

AAFP Statement on Breastfeeding and COVID-19

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

COVID-19 Handling Expressed Human Milk (pdf)

COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Care for Breastfeeding Women

Breastfeeding: Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Human Milk Banking Association of North America

Milk Handling for COVID-19 Positive or Suspected Mothers in the Hospital Setting

Milk Banking and COVID-19

Why Donor Human Milk is an Essential Need During COVID-19

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners:

IBLCE Advisory Opinion on Telehealth

The International Lactation Consultant Association

Resources for Skilled Lactation Providers on COVID-19

Providing Lactation Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Q&A With Annie Frisbie, Practicing in New York, US (ILCA Blog)

Journal of Human Lactation

Safe Handling of Containers of Expressed Human Milk in all Settings During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Lactation Education Resources

Resources for Lactation Supporters During COVID-19

La Leche League International

Continuing to Nurse Your Baby Through Coronavirus (2019-nCoV; COVID-19) and Other Respiratory Infections

The National WIC Association

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Guidance

UNICEF

Re-Lactation Guidance

U.S. Agency for International Development

Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations When COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed  - 10 Counselling Cards and a Recommended Practices Booklet, reflect the global recommendations from WHO and UNICEF (March 2020) on IYCF in the context of COVID-19

United States Breastfeeding Committee

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies, including COVID-19

COVID-19 and Breastfeeding Guide for Parents.

Statement on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk & COVID-19

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and breastfeeding

World Health Organization

Breastfeeding advice during the COVID-19 outbreak (infographics)

FAQs Breastfeeding and COVID-19 For health care workers (pdf)

Q&A on COVID-19 and breastfeeding

Other

Is it Safe to Provide Milk for My NICU Baby if I Have or Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

¿Es seguro darle leche a mi bebé en la NICU si estuve expuesta o tengo la enfermedad por el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?

Sample Informed Consent Form for Refusal to Separate Birthing Parent and Infant

American Academy of Pediatrics

FAQs: Management of Infants Born to Mothers with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (updated 7/22/2020)

Critical Updates on COVID-19

Baby-Friendly USA

Coronavirus Update #2

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Care for Breastfeeding Women

Pregnant Women and COVID-19

Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings

Infant Feeding in Disasters

Harvard Medical School

COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)

Webpage generated by a Working Group of ISRHML members to collate and summarize the rapidly evolving scientific evidence and clinical resources regarding the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), human milk and lactation.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

FAQ COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Infants (English)

FAQ COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Infants (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Perinatal and Infant Populations

National Perinatal Association

COVID-19

UNICEF

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know 

U.S. Agency for International Development

Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations When COVID-19 is Suspected or Confirmed  - 10 Counselling Cards and a Recommended Practices Booklet, reflect the global recommendations from WHO and UNICEF (March 2020) on IYCF in the context of COVID-19

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

World Health Organization

Breastfeeding advice during the COVID-19 outbreak (infographics)

Q&A on COVID-19 and breastfeeding

Q&A on COVID-19 and pregnancy and childbirth

Guidance on the Use of Masks

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