Amid the increasing threat of corona virus, WHO has realised a information which states that it is safe to breastfeed while the mother has tested corona positive.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has directed all regional officials and health care providers to assure mothers that they can feed their baby even after being infected with Coronavirus under the guidelines of COVID-19.
The ministry said that if the mother is infected with the corona virus, breastfeeding helps to keep the baby safe. Those who are infected with the corona virus or suspected to be infected should follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Assuring mothers, the ministry said that the corona virus does not occur in amniotic fluid or breast milk. This means that the virus is not spread during pregnancy or by breastfeeding.
The Ministry tweeted, ‘Assure the Regional Officers and Health Care Providers mothers that they can feed their baby even after being infected with Corona virus under the guidelines of WHO of Covid-19 and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare .’
In another tweet, it stated that, “Wash hands thoroughly with soap or use sanitizer before and after coming in contact with the child.” If any other milk other than mother’s milk is being given to the baby, then use a cup for it. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the cup, bottle, nipple etc. and limit the number of people who feed and feed the children.
The WHO said on Tuesday that the risk of being infected with the corona virus by breastfeeding is very low and no such case has been reported.
As per the WHO, children, old women and pregnant ladies are more vulnerable to the disease. However, in the recent update it said that coronavirus cannot be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy or even while breast feeding. However, it is very important for such people to take precautionary measures seriously as if the disease is transmitted in the children, they will have a tough fight against the virus as their immunity is not fully made.
Significantly, the statement from World Helarh Organization has been issued during World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated between August 1 to 7. The breastfeeding itself consists of antibodies which helps the children to develop a strong immunity.