Women – If you are currently pregnant or breast-feeding your baby, you may be more concerned about coronavirus (Covid-19).
During these vulnerable periods in life, we want to further protect ourselves and our babies, but also to prevent the spread of COVID-19 known as the coronavirus. There is almost no information on the importance of breastfeeding in these epidemic cases, but it is extremely important.
Dear moms, don’t let the headlines about a virus coronary pandemic steal your joy. If you feel concerned about the coronavirus, be sure to consult your healthcare provider. If you want to know if a coronavirus can affect (and if so how) your pregnancy or breastfeeding, continue reading.
Are pregnant women at higher risk of infection?
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest potential negative outcomes for pregnant women, nor are pregnant women more exposed to infection than other people. As with other illnesses, fever is always a risk factor in pregnancy, but it’s not something you should panic about.
Pregnant women, like other citizens, are certainly urged to practice good hygiene and regularly wash their hands. However, they are advised to avoid any activity involving handling or any other form of physical contact with a potentially ill person.
The good news is you probably already practice it, and the good news doesn’t end there.
If a pregnant woman gets the coronavirus?
Spread from person to person is thought to occur mainly through respiratory drops that occur when an infected person coughs, similar to how the flu and other respiratory pathogens spread. In limited studies in women with COVID-19 and another coronary viral infection, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), the virus was not detected in breast milk. However, we still cannot 100% claim that mothers infected with coronas cannot transmit the virus through breast milk.
In worldwide testing, the virus was not detected in samples of ammonia fluid or breast milk. This means that mother cells generate antibodies and transmit them (but not the virus) to their infants.
Breastfeeding Guide (In case of Corona Infection)
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. However, there are many unknowns about coronary virus and breastfeeding. Whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding should be determined by the mother in coordination with family and healthcare professionals. However, if the mother gets an infection caused by a coronavirus, it is important not to interfere with breastfeeding.
A mother with a confirmed coronary virus or symptomatic PUI should take all possible precautions to avoid spreading the virus to the infant, including washing the hands before touching the infant and wearing a face mask, if possible, while feeding the infant.
If you squeeze breast milk with a manual or electric breast pump, the mother should wash her hands before touching any parts of the pump or bottle and follow the recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use.
What happens if you are breast-feeding is interrupted?
Breaking or interfering with breastfeeding can cause a number of difficulties, which include:
- emotional trauma for the child
- stagnation in the mother’s milk
- subsequent rejection of the breast due to confusion caused by the introduction of the bottle
- increased risk of disease caused by a deficiency of immune protective body – obstruction or interruption of breastfeeding can cause a risk of developing a child