COVID-19 and pregnancy

We do not yet know the exact susceptibility of pregnant women to infection, nor the chance of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Similar coronaviruses have been observed to result in miscarriage and stillbirth. First trimester high fevers can increase the risk of certain birth defects.

Breastfeeding if infected?

We don’t know if it’s safe, and it should be a joint discussion with the family and healthcare providers. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants, so it is a complicated risk-benefit.

If breastfeeding or pumping, take all possible precautions to avoid spread of virus to infant. Wash hands before touching the infant and consider wearing a face mask. If pumping, be sure to wash hands before touching any pump or bottle parts. Consider having someone well feed the infant.

CDC recommendations:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html


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