Pregnant people do not appear to be more susceptible to the consequences of COVID-19 than the general population. In general, a person who is pregnant may be more vulnerable to getting infections than a person of their age who is not pregnant. It is for this reason that pregnant people protect themselves using the guidelines for general infection prevention and control.
Breastfeeding can and should continue during the COVID-19 pandemic, while taking the appropriate precautions for infection prevention and control.
Breastfeeding provides infants and young children with strong protection against infectious disease and death. There are rare exceptions when breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk is not recommended.
Information about COVID-19 transmission is emerging daily. For up to date information for parents and caregivers, visit the SafelyFed Canada COVID-19 resources.
The World Health Organization currently recommends “mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.”
- Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for newborns: advice for mothers (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Society of Obestetricians and Gynaecologiest of Canada (SOGC)
- Know, Prepare, Protect: Information on COVID-19 for Pregnant Women (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (United States Center for Disease Control)
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Statement on COVID-19
- Statement on Breastfeeding and Lactation Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic (International Lactation Consultant Association)
- World Health Organization Q&A on COVID-19, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding
For more information on COVID-19 visit the COVID-19 topics of interest webpage.