In a word, YES!
Parents and caregivers are rightly concerned about keeping their babies safe as coronavirus becomes a global health issue- read on to learn how your amazing breastmilk protects your baby from illnesses!
The CDC states that breastmilk as the best source of nutrition for infants, and protects against many illnesses.
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine says that “there are rare exceptions when breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk is not recommended.”
According to UNICEF, mothers can continue breastfeeding.
These guidelines are being updated often, as more is learned about how COVID-19 is spread. Continue to check back for current guidance for breastfeeding families.
Your breastmilk is an amazing substance: It contains antibodies to illnesses you may be exposed to, and helps your baby fight them off.
Human milk provides your baby with the best possible protection against disease. It’s packed with living cells that prevent infection, and the free fatty acids in human milk are antiviral.
Proteins in human milk are antimicrobial and stimulate baby’s immune system. Even the carbohydrates in breastmilk have a role in fighting pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
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