According to EFI Madrid, August 7 reported that breast milk is the first “vaccinated” vaccine for newborns, which is part of the latter’s immune system. The same is true in the face of the new coronavirus. Although at the beginning of the outbreak, there was some doubt about the antiviral efficacy of breast milk due to lack of information, there is now evidence that it is a “barrier” for infants against the new coronavirus. The novel coronavirus pneumonia,
coordinator Paula Lalaguna and other experts, published in the Spanish Journal of public health, emphasized the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic on reproductive health and breastfeeding, according to the
WHO and UNICEF international initiative on neonatal care and breastfeeding. They published this article precisely to update the recommendations of the health authorities and the Medical Association, because in the past few months, it has been found that “there is no evidence that mothers infected with the new coronavirus will transmit the virus to their babies through breastfeeding”.
it is reported that since the outbreak of the epidemic, Spanish new mothers have not stopped breastfeeding due to the epidemic, thanks to the answers from pediatricians, midwives and breastfeeding teams. So far, there is no evidence that mothers can transmit the new coronavirus vertically through breast milk. On the contrary, there is sufficient evidence that breast milk, as a “liquid gold”, has many advantages and is the “shield” of infants.
lalaguna said: “breast milk can always prevent diseases. It is the first vaccine that an infant” vaccinates “. The mother will pass the antibody of most diseases to the baby through her milk, so that the latter can get immunity.”
it is reported that the situation is not different in the face of the new coronavirus, “nature has proved that this is a very wise mechanism. The reaction caused by the new coronavirus is exactly the same as that caused by other respiratory viruses and other diseases. The mother produces antibodies against the new coronavirus, which can protect the baby.”.
Cecilia Gomez, spokesperson for the Spanish Association of primary pediatric care, agrees, adding: “for newborns and infants, breast milk is a protective shield against viral and bacterial respiratory diseases, improving their survival rate and bringing benefits to their health.”
Gomez said that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if a mother is infected with the new coronavirus, she should be forced to breastfeed rather than stop breastfeeding.
it is reported that Susannah Ares, a pediatric primary health care expert, recently provided safe breastfeeding guidelines for mothers suspected or confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, including: always clean your hands, especially before touching the baby; wear a medical mask when breastfeeding; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing. If the mother is infected or conditions do not allow breastfeeding, then the best option is to squeeze out breastfeeding, and strict hygiene should be ensured during the process.