WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19

  • Monday 03, August 2020 10:34 PM
  • WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with COVID-19
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted COVID-19, the World Health Organisation's head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risks of infection.
"WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.

As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week, Tedros said "the many benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies and children substantially outweigh the potential risks of COVID-19 infections".