Q1 How is breastfeeding important in the present health emergency?
A) Breastfeeding is the normal and optimal feed for your baby. A baby on breastfeeds will have good immunity and will thrive better.
B) Breastfeeding is food security, i.e. When breastfeeding you will not have to go out in search of formula/ animal milk for your baby.
C) Breastfeeding mothers generally are healthier than non-breastfeeding mothers.
Q2 What are the precautions necessary when I take my newborn baby home?
A)Have a strict no visitors rule.
B)Social distancing is a must. Stay in as much as you can.
C)Give your baby maximum skin to skin/ body to body contact.
D)Wear a mask and practice careful hand hygiene if due to some urgent work you have to go out.
E)Breastfeed your baby, if you are having challenges breastfeeding, urgently reach out to someone who can help you with an online consult.
Q3 What happens if I do not get healthy balanced meals / dry fruits/ milk etc. during the lockdown?
As long as you are getting regular meals it is ok. Your milk amount and quality depends on how well and efficiently your baby suckles at your breast. It does not matter if you are not getting special foods. Please avoid going out to search for special food items.
Q4 What happens if I feel I have less milk, or my baby is not satisfied at breast.
Breastmilk insufficiency is extremely rare. Most of the times it is due to incorrect or ineffective suckling at breast. If a baby is suckling at a large part of mommy’s breast, he / she should be able to satisfy him/herself and mom will not feel any pain. Reach out for an urgent online lactation consult.
Q5 Can women with cough cold / symptoms resembling COVID 19 / or those who have confirmed COVID 19 breastfeed?
Yes. Even women with COVID-19 can breastfeed if they wish to do so. They should:
• Practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available.
• Wash hands before and after touching the baby;
• Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched.
Q6 Can I touch and hold my newborn baby if I have COVID 19?
Yes. As per WHO, Close contact and early, exclusive breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive. You should be supported to
• Breastfeed safely, with good respiratory hygiene;
• Hold your newborn skin-to-skin, and
• Share a room with your baby
You should wash your hands before and after touching your baby and keep all surfaces clean.