Mothers who have contracted COVID-19 are being encouraged to continue breastfeeding while taking the necessary safety precautions to avoid passing on the virus to their babies.
Gladoris Robinson-Reid, Acting Parish Nutritionist for Westmoreland, made the recommendation while speaking with JIS.
She said the advice is in keeping with the recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that mothers suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 should be encouraged to initiate or continue breastfeeding.
Mrs. Robinson-Reid said the WHO has found no evidence that the virus can be passed on through lactation.
She said breast milk still remains the best source of nutrition for babies and it provides much-needed antibodies to protect them against all kinds of infections, including COVID-19.
She noted that the recommended safety guidelines for mothers suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 is that they must practice proper respiratory hygiene during feeding.
This includes wearing a mask and washing hands with soap and water before each feed, for at least 20 seconds.