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- We all know that the best thing for a newborn is breast milk, especially in those first weeks of life where the baby needs to grow and gain weight quickly
Video: Breastfeeding Your Baby At The Time Of The Coronavirus By Dr. Daniel Linares
We all know that the best thing for a newborn is breast milk, especially in those first weeks of life where the baby needs to grow and gain weight quickly
Breastfeeding your baby is of utmost importance for several reasons, such as increasing the baby's probability of survival in his new world, strengthening his immune system because there are immunoglobulins in breast milk. In addition, breast milk continues to change daily to meet the needs of your baby, and there is the secretion of calming hormones that not only soothe the baby and the mother, but also help the mating. Finally, the risk of ovarian cancer decreases in the mother.
But what to do during this time of the coronavirus? What should you do if you test positive for the coronavirus and are breastfeeding? Like the SARS virus, to date the coronavirus has not been isolated from breast milk, even if the mother is infected. For this and for all the reasons mentioned above, women are encouraged to continue breastfeeding.
Now what if the mother has a fever? Dry cough? That is, if it is symptomatic, what would be the next step? This situation is already much more complicated but the recommendations remain almost the same. The most important thing is to consult with each doctor who will be involved in this situation, the pediatrician, gynecologist, the primary doctor, and possibly even the infectious disease specialist. If both are relatively healthy, even if the mother has symptoms, breastfeeding is still recommended, but requires many of the typical precautions such as wearing masks, gloves, washing hands and keeping distance after breastfeeding is finished. If the mother feels sicker than usual, then it is recommended that she express breast milk and set it aside in the bottle.
Hopefully nobody has to go through this situation, but if it happens, the first thing you should do to contact your doctor, but unless you do not have symptoms, the advice is that they do not stop breastfeeding.