New mothers infected with COVID-19 should continue breastfeeding and should not be separated from their infants. This is the statement of the World Health Organization (WHO), this Friday adding that the benefits of breastfeeding exceed any risk.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference that the U.S. health agency has investigated the dangers that mothers can transmit to their babies when they are breastfed.
" We know that children are at relatively low risk for COVID-19, but are at high risk for many diseases and other conditions that prevent breastfeeding ," he says.
" Based on the evidence provided, WHO advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential transmission risks of COVID-19," he added.
Anshu Banerjee, the WHO's senior adviser on reproductive health and responsible for the study, said that so far, the live virus that causes COVID-19 has not been found in breast milk.
" Mothers with COVID-19, suspected or confirmed, should continue breastfeeding and not be separated from their babies, unless the mother is in very good health," Tedros concludes.