Is it Safe to Breastfeed if I Have Coronavirus (COVID-19)?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/KH_generic_header_08_2.jpgMothers with coronavirus (COVID-19) can still breastfeed their babies or give expressed breast milk. Here's what else the experts say.2019-nCoV, coronavirus, COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019, novel, Wuhan, corona, 2019 novel coronavirus, breastfeeding coronavirus, breast feed with covid-19, CDC, WHO, pregnant during coronavirus, SARS, MERS, respiratory symptoms, dry cough, difficulty breathing, breathing trouble, fever, 2019-nCoV infection,infections, infectious, outbreaks, epidemics, pneumonia, child, children, kids, short of breath, incubation period, contagious, pediatric, pediatrician, handwashing, hand washing, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, respiratory droplets, coronavirus in usa, coronavirus update03/26/202004/12/202104/12/2021Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD04/08/202111afb55c-e004-4076-944c-78397d212f19https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus-breastfeeding.html/<p><em>I have COVID-19. Is it safe to keep breastfeeding my baby?<br /> &ndash;Natasha</em></p> <p>Coronavirus has not been found in breast milk. But if you have <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/coronavirus.html/">COVID-19</a>, you could spread the virus to your infant through tiny droplets that spread when you talk, cough, or sneeze.</p> <p>Talk to your doctor to help decide whether you should continue to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breastfeed-starting.html/">breastfeed</a>. Your breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby and can protect against many illnesses. While you are sick, you (or someone else) can give your baby expressed breast milk.</p> <p>If you choose to breastfeed or give expressed milk in a bottle, to help prevent spreading the virus to your baby:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">Wash your hands</a> before and after touching your baby.</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mask-care.html/">Wear a mask</a>&nbsp;while nursing.</li> <li>Wash your hands before touching your breast pump or bottle parts. Clean all parts after each use.</li> <li>Let someone else in your household who is not sick give your baby your expressed breast milk.</li> </ul> <p>Try to limit close face-to-face contact with your baby, and cough or sneeze into a tissue (and then throw it away). When you aren't feeding your baby, you should try to stay at least 6 feet away from your baby as much as possible.</p> <p>Call your health care provider if you're feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms. These may include:</p> <ul> <li>fever</li> <li>cough</li> <li>trouble breathing</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a> symptoms such as a sore throat, congestion, or runny nose</li> <li>chills</li> <li>muscle pain</li> <li>headache</li> <li>a loss of taste or smell</li> <li>nausea or vomiting</li> <li>diarrhea</li> <li>tiredness</li> </ul> <p>Also call right away if your baby <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">has a fever</a> or trouble breathing, or seems sick.</p> <h3>Where Can I Get Updated Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)?</h3> <p>Check the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html">CDC</a> website for up-to-date, reliable information about coronavirus.</p> <div class="rs_skip rs_preserve"><!-- TinyMCE Fix --> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-metadata.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/kh-video-controller.js" type="text/javascript"></script> <script src="//familysurvey.org/misc/javascript/js_apps/video/single-newborn-coronavirus-en.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div> ¿Puedo amamantar a mi bebé si tengo coronavirus (COVID-19)? Las madres que tienen coronavirus (COVID-19) aún pueden amamantar a sus bebés o darles su leche materna extraída. Esto es lo que dicen los expertos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/coronavirus-breastfeeding-esp.html/3a2a80b9-472e-4edc-a1c1-d2d5ee1d19db
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