Breastfeeding your baby is one of the best things you can do to support your baby’s health. And that’s true even if you’re showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s perfectly safe to breastfeed your baby and currently there is no data to suggest the virus can be passed on to your baby through your breast milk.
Not only is breast milk packed with powerful antibodies which boost your baby’s immune system, it’s also a great way to bond with your baby – and offers plenty of benefits for you too.
If you’re suffering with symptoms of COVID-19 and you aren’t feeling well it’s important to look after yourself as well as your baby. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself – perhaps try expressing and storing milk when you have the energy so you can continue breastfeeding as usual once you’re back to full health.
Here we have put together some advice to help you when you start breastfeeding, so you and your baby can enjoy the many benefits it brings.
In the video below Dr Sarah Jarvis talks through the best way to get breastfeeding off to a successful start, step-by-step. From the extra hygiene measures you’ll want to take during the coronavirus pandemic, the different breastfeeding positions you can try, to advice about getting your baby latched on.
She also discusses the practicalities of breastfeeding your baby if you’ve tested positive for coronavirus and, including the extra care you should take in order to protect your baby.
Brighter futures start here
Discover more about infant development to help shape your baby's future
You are providing all the nutrients to your baby during breastfeeding and so it is really helpful to eat a healthy diet and limit consuming certain foods and drinks.
Breastfeeding can be difficult at times, but with the right support these problems can be overcome and breastfeeding can continue on.
Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life, but why and what benefits does breastfeeding give to you and your baby?
Dr Sarah Jarvis, MBE
Dr Sarah Jarvis, is a qualified GP and an active medical writer and broadcaster, with a lifelong interest in women’s health.
As well as being the resident medical expert on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, during the coronavirus pandemic, Dr Sarah Jarvis has been appearing regularly on BBC 1’s The One Show, ITV’s Coronavirus: Q&A and Channel 5 news giving expert advice about all aspects of the pandemic.
Here at Aptaclub we have over 40 years of breast milk research and love sharing our knowledge of breastmilk and breastfeeding to help give you the best breastfeeding experience.
Questions about feeding and nutrition?
Our midwives, nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.