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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/

Resources, Guidance & Recommendations:

Telehealth Resources:

The Next Generation in Breastfeeding Support: Telehealth, presented by Rose deVigne-Jackiewicz, RN, IBCLC

Telehealth Resources & Tips, Lactation Education Resources

Phone Triage Algorithm for Determining Home Visit or Telehealth Visit, Lactation Education Resources

IBLCE Advisory Opinion on Telehealth – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners advisory addresses the provision of lactation consulting services via telehealth

Nurse Family Partnership: COVID-19 Telehealth Guidance

Sample Policies:

COVID-19 & Breast Milk Expression and Breast Milk Feeding for PUIs *sample policy (3/31/20)

Handling of breast milk from COVID-19 mothers *sample policy (3/31/20)

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

Webinars:

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding Webinar Slides (4/8/20), Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center, COVID-19 & Breastfeeding “Post-Webinar Update” Slides (4/9/20)

COVID-19: Best Practices for Lactation Consultants & Perinatal Educators. (Order free recording), U.S. Lactation Consultant Association

COVID-19 & Infant Feeding in the NICU (California Breastfeeding Coalition, 90-mins.)

COVID-19: Infant Feeding during the Postpartum Period (Webinar Recording), Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist

Going Home During a Pandemic: Challenges for Breastfeeding Families (May 13, 2020)

Integrating Practices for COVID-19+ and PUI Parents (4/20/20) California Breastfeeding Coalition (slides here)

Lactation Education Resources has posted archived presentations on lactation support and COVID-19

Live Q&A session on COVID-19 with human milk lactation experts. The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)

Making the Shift from In-Person to Virtual Care & Support (California Breastfeeding Coalition)

Providing the best possible solutions in less-than ideal circumstances: Integrating hospital practices for COVID-19 positive and PUI birthing parents with consideration of infection control and Baby-Friendly practices: (California Breastfeeding Coalition) Download the webinar slides here.

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

Guidance on Infants Born to Mothers with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

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)

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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