COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets or touching contaminated surfaces and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. However, the advantages of holding the baby and breastfeeding him outweigh the preventable risks.
Kangaroo mother care is essential to babies born prematurely or who were born with low birth weight. Direct skin-to-skin contact transfers the mother’s warmth and protective bacteria that helps keep the baby calm and healthy. It's not only recommended immediately after birth but as long as possible, even after the mom and baby are sent home from the hospital.
If a nursing mom’s condition is too severe to breastfeed, the DOH suggests pumping and storing breast milk in a clean container. The expressed milk may be given to the infant via a feeding cup. Take note to practice hand washing before pumping breast milk and handling or cleaning any infant feeding or breast pump paraphernalia.
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