Pandemic: the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk of transmission

Pandémie: les bienfaits de l’allaitement l’emportent sur le risque de transmission

The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk of transmission of the disease COVID-19 of the mother-to-child, has estimated Friday that the world health Organization (WHO).

“WHO has thoroughly studied the risks for women to transmit the disease COVID-19 to their babies during breastfeeding. We know that children are relatively little at risk for the disease, but are very susceptible to other diseases and conditions that breastfeeding prevents ” said the director-general of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“On the basis of the available evidence, the council of the WHO is that the benefits of breastfeeding exceed any potential risk of transmission,” he added during a virtual press conference.

Because of this, mothers whose contamination with the disease COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed should be encouraged to start or continue to breastfeed and should not be separated from their infants, unless the mother is too unwell, ” said the head of the sanitary agency of the united nations.

According to Anshu Banerjee, director of the Health Department of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent, and aging to the WHO, the virus that causes the disease, COVID-19 has not been detected in the breast milk to this day.

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