According to the CDC, we don’t yet know if pregnant people are more at risk of becoming ill or experiencing higher mortality, should they contract COVID-19. However, we do know that pregnant people experience bodily changes that may increase the risk of some infections, particularly respiratory viruses.
Mother-to-child transmission of coronavirus during pregnancy is unlikely, experts say. But after birth, newborns are susceptible to person-to-person spread. A small number of babies have tested positive for COVID-19, but it’s not clear if they were infected before or after birth.
Is it safe to breastfeed during the COVID-19 outbreak?
The virus has not been found in amniotic fluid or breastmilk.
Breastmilk provides protection against many illnesses, the CDC notes. Nursing mothers should talk with their doctors to decide how to start or continue breastfeeding. If you are sick and choose to breastfeed, the CDC recommends you wear a mask and wash your hands before each feeding and before touching pump or bottle parts, if expressing milk.
Remember to protect yourself.
Pregnant people should protect themselves from coronavirus by avoiding others who may have been exposed to the virus or are sick. It’s also important to wash hands frequently and disinfect surfaces that are touched throughout the day.