Breastfeeding Practices During Covid-19
Breastfeeding Practices during Covid-19
Keywords:Covid-19, mothers to infant, lactation, breastfeeding, feeding practices, guidelines
The covid-19 has disrupted all parts of life especially maternal-child relationship. Many lactating women were quarantined in covid-19 which has affected nourishment of their infant. Breastfeeding has innumerable benefits for both mother and infants as it provides them protection. The Maternal-child relationship is drastically affected if an infant is separated from its mother. It greatly affects lactation, which acts as a shield against infectious diseases. It is approved by all the international agencies and government bodies to promote breastfeeding including the neonates of infected mothers. It is suggested to adopt proper hand and respiratory hygiene measures to prevent transmission from mother to infant. Although many studies and literature reviews have confirmed that there are no direct transmission cases related to coronavirus during breastfeeding. However, WHO, UNICEF, and many other organizations suggested to adopt some hygiene-specific guidelines while practicing lactation. These include wearing a mask, washing hands, and disinfecting surfaces. As we are in the middle of this pandemic and new information is being gathered by scientists, it is hoped that they will also support promoting breastfeeding. As its advantages outweigh the risks of COVID-19. The main aim of this review is to promote early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding during COVID-19.
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