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Can I breastfeed if I have, or may have, COVID-19?

Breastfeeding is recommended for all mothers, including mothers who have, or may have COVID-19. So far, the COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk.

  • Always wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds before and after you breastfeed.
  • Make sure you follow good respiratory hygiene: cough or sneeze into your bent elbow covering your mouth and nose, or into a tissue which you must then throw straight away into a closed container and wash hands with soap for 20 seconds.
  • Everyone in the house should wash hands often with soap for 20 seconds (or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser).
  • • If you have COVID-19, you should wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when breastfeeding. A homemade mask can be a cloth or scarf that is washed after each use. Do not touch the mask while the baby is feeding or when spending time with the baby.

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