Can breastfeeding help fight against Coronavirus?

I saw in various weaning groups that Mothers stopped from attempting to wean because they believe that breastfeeding can help their babies have a better chance of fighting against the virus. But can it really help fight against this pandemic that is gripping the world this 2020? For sure Mothers with newborns or little children out there are worried especially with the news that an Australian infant got infected with it. Also, shortage of formula milk is now increasing at a rapid rate.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Since I am no expert at how this virus affects babies nor do I have the tools to test our this theory, I researched online for articles relating to this topic.

One good news I found is that babies almost never gets ill from coronavirus or do not show symptoms. Breast milk contains many ingredients to help prevent and fight infection. It is recommended babies be fed only breast milk until they are six months old and continue breastfeeding with other foods into their second year of life.

In an interview made by 7news.com.au, Professor Gribble explained that breastmilk has antibodies that will protect infants against diseases and copies the immune system of Mothers to the baby. Breastfeeding is highly encouraged especially at this very challenging time. Chief medical officer for the Mothers Milk Bank, Professor Richard Banati, said there is no evidence that Covid-19 can be transmitted through breastmilk and mothers infected with the virus should not be separated from their babies. They should wear a mask when close to their baby and wash their hands.

Maternal child health nurse and infant and young feeding consultant, Magdalena Whoolery has worked in disaster zones across the globe and says breastfeeding infants and young children is critical for survival in emergencies and especially in the current Coronavirus pandemic.

“Formula fed babies are the most vulnerable for food insecurity, from bulk buying formula, which depletes shop shelves and an overburdened health system, which contribute to a dangerous situation for formula fed infants and young children.”

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