New and expectant mothers around the world are dealing with an added difficulty brought forward by a global pandemic. The highly contagious virus, which seems to affect worst those above 65 years of age, has infected mothers and infants alike and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stepped in to reassure worried mothers.
The WHO advises that should a mother be diagnosed with COVID-19, she should be supported to continue breastfeeding in a safe manner. Skin-to-skin contact continues to be highly recommended as well as allowing a mother and newborn to share a room. Explaining the organisation's stance, the WHO asserts that: "Close contact and early, exclusive breastfeeding helps a baby to thrive."