Breastfeeding if you have COVID-19

If you have COVID-19 (coronavirus) and you are caring for your baby, you should continue to breastfeed as normal.

There is no evidence that the virus passes through breast milk. But we are still learning about COVID-19. The main risk to your baby of getting the virus is being in close contact with you. You could pass it on through droplets when you cough or sneeze.

You may decide to express breast milk so that someone else can feed your baby if you feel too unwell. This is usually your partner or a close family member.

Do

  • wash your hands properly before touching your baby or any breastfeeding equipment like pumps or bottles

  • wear a face mask if you are doing breast or bottle feeds yourself

  • ask your midwife or other staff to show you how to clean the pump after each use

Treating symptoms when breastfeeding 

Avoid medicines that contain decongestants, for example Sudafed. These can lead to a reduction in milk supply.

Read more about taking medicine while breastfeeding 

Last updated: 30 August 2021 at 7.30pm

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