Coronavirus and breastfeeding: Is it safe to breastfeed if I have COVID?

    Updated 19 April 2022 |
    Published 29 March 2020
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    Wondering whether it’s safe to breastfeed your baby if you have COVID-19 or symptoms? Find out the latest facts from the experts here

    There’s no need to stop breastfeeding if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms. Instead, you should try to avoid spreading the virus to your baby. The below infographic shows some precautions you can take.

    Remember: COVID vaccines and booster shots are recommended if you’re breastfeeding. Get the latest advice in our COVID vaccination during pregnancy guide.

    References

    "Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns if You Have COVID-19." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 20 January 2022, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/pregnancy-breastfeeding.html

    History of updates

    Current version (19 April 2022)

    Medically reviewed by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency

    Published (29 March 2020)

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