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WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with Covid-19


The WHO has recommended that mothers with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding.

WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with Covid-19 (Representative image from AFP)

Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted Covid-19, the World Health Organization’s head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risks of infection.

“WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.

As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week, Tedros said, “The many benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies and children substantially outweigh the potential risks of Covid-19 infections.”


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