The World Health Organization on Friday said nursing mothers should not be separated from their babies whenever their is a case of mother being suspected to be COVID-19 positive.
During a virtual Press Conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the UN health agency had thoroughly investigated the risks of women transmitting the new coronavirus to their babies when breastfeeding.
“We know that children are at relatively low-risk of COVID-19, but are at high risk of numerous other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents,” he said.
“Based on the available evidence, WHO’s advice is that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of transmission of COVID-19,” he added.
In the same vein, the WHO’s senior advisor for reproductive health and research, Anshu Banerjee told the briefing that, so far, the live virus that causes COVID-19 had not been found in breast milk.
“Mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate and continue breastfeeding and not be separated from their infants, unless the mother is too unwell,” Tedros said.