Breastfeeding and Feeding your Baby
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Breastfeeding lowers a baby’s risk of infection and illness. If a mother has or may have COVID-19 when breastfeeding, she should wear a mask, cough or sneeze into her bent elbow or a tissue, wash her hands and breast before and after touching the baby, and consider covering the baby with a light blanket or towel.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 who are too unwell to breastfeed should have a healthy adult feed hand or pump expressed breast milk to the infant whenever possible. Whoever is feeding the baby should wear a mask during feeding. Women are advised to wash their hands prior to touching the breast, bottle parts, or pump, and to follow manufacturer’s recommendations for proper bottle and pump cleaning.
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