The World Health Organisation on Monday made it clear that mothers who are infected with COVID-19 must continue breastfeeding. At the launch of WHO Breastfeeding Week 2020, (WHO) Director-General Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommends that mothers should continue breastfeeding.
Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted Covid-19, the World Health Organisation’s head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risk of COVID-19. Speaking at the World Health Organisation’s regular virtual news conference, Ghebreyesus mentioned that this was WHO Breastfeeding Week 2020, and “breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life.”
“WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
As much as concerns are raised in relation to the coronavirus, the WHO boss insisted that in the United Nations view, mothers must continue to breastfeed their children for the first six months of life. He said that this key stage of a child’s development, along with skin-to-skin contact soon after birth, remained crucial.
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