COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

By Melissa Bartick, MD, MS, FABM
March 31, 2020

Current guidelines around whether infected mothers with COVID-19 should be separated from their newborn infants are conflicting. While the current guidelines for COVID-19 allow breastfeeding, this is not being clearly conveyed in the media. Reportedly, many US hospitals are routinely separating infected mothers from their newborns. Separation makes establishing breastfeeding difficult, even if breastfeeding is allowed and encouraged. The virus has not been found in breastmilk in limited studies of it1 and the related virus that causes SARS,1,2 but it’s not known with absolute certainty that the virus is not transmitted through breastmilk. The March 28 announcement of the death of an Illinois infant of undisclosed age may raise anxiety. Continue reading “COVID-19: Separating Infected Mothers from Newborns: Weighing the Risks and Benefits”