COVID-19 and Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, you are more prone to getting infections and may have several questions regarding your pregnancy and baby.
A small number of babies have been diagnosed with coronavirus shortly after birth, so there is a chance that infection may have occurred in the womb, but it is not certain whether the transmission was before or soon after birth.
Your maternity team will maintain strict infection control measures at the time of your birth and closely monitor your baby.
Breast milk provides protection against many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition for most infants.
There is no evidence showing that the virus can be passed on in breast milk but an infected mother can transmit the virus through respiratory droplets during breastfeeding.
You and the doctor should decide whether and how to start or continue breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends AGAINST masks for small children, especially babies, because of the high risk for suffocation.
Shwetha Bhatia, Registered Dieteitan, Mind Your Fitness!