Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Academy of Pediatrics state that mothers with COVID-19 can breastfeed.
What the CDC says about Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns
Breastfeeding with COVID-19
If you are a breastfeeding parent who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms, you can reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 to your infant:
- Wash your hands before and after touching or feeding your baby
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or cloth when breastfeeding or expressing milk
- Keep 6 feet distance between you and baby when not feeding or caring for your baby
- Have another healthy adult help with baby’s care when possible
Watch a video from UNICEF about breastfeeding with COVID-19
Parent’s Guide To: Shared Decision-Making for Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Parents are encouraged to talk with their health care provider about their decision to breastfeed.
Parent’s Guide To: Shared Decision-Making for Breastfeeding and COVID-10
Guía Para Padres Sobre Para La Toma De Decisiones Compartidas La Lactancia Materna Y COVID-19
Health Care Providers Guide To: Shared Decision-Making for Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Shared decision-making for infant feeding and care during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic (Maternal Child Nutrition, 2021)
California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health provides up-to-date information and guidance for families and health care providers.
COVID-19 Guidance for Women & Families (ca.gov)
COVID-19: Mujeres-y-Familias (ca.gov)