TO THE HUMAN MILKEMERGENCY RESERVE
Please help families who have a baby in real need!
GIVE BREASTMILK to the Mothers’ Milk Bank Human Milk Emergency Reserve
Arthur I. Eidelman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine, states:
“Given the reality that mothers infected with coronavirus have probably already colonized their nursing infant, continued breastfeeding has the potential of transmitting protective maternal antibodies to the infant via the breast milk.
Thus, breastfeeding should be continued with the mother carefully practicing handwashing and wearing a mask while nursing, to minimize additional viral exposure to the infant.”
Mothers who are too unwell to breastfeed can continue to feed their expressed breast milk in a bottle and avoid the health risks of infant formula in infants under 6 months. Pasteurisation inactivates COVID-19 and renders pasteurised donor human milk safe.
COVID-19 Update and Call for Donations to the Human Milk Emergency Reserve
Professor Richard Banati, MD Mothers Milk Bank Charity (Chair & Medical Director, MMBC)
Review of the current expert advice for breastfeeding mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic based on recent statements by
- Word Health Organisation (WHO)
- Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (CDC)
- UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)
- European Milk Bank Association (EMBA)
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
- La Leche League International
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- The Lancet (weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal).
(excerpts from the various statements issued by above institutions are listed below under Sources & References)
There is no evidence that the corona virus COVID-19 can be transmitted through breastmilk. Breastfeeding women infected with COVID-19 should, therefore, not be separated from their newborns. Breastfeeding mothers with COVID-19 should wear a mask when close to their baby, wash hands before and after feeding, and disinfect contaminated surfaces.
Mother who are too unwell to breastfeed can express milk for the baby, and take the aforementioned general precautions.
Pasteurisation inactivates COVID-19 and renders pasteurised donor human milk safe in the event of contamination during expressing or handling of the milk.
Mothers who currently source donor milk informally can ask Mothers Milk Bank Charity’s secure cold-chain-transport service to pick up, pasteurise and deliver human milk from screened donors https://www.mothersmilkbank.com.au/donate-milk
Karleen Gribble and Nina Jane Chad have summarised what parents and carers need to know to prepare and respond. Where grandparents or carers over 60 help with childcare, alternative arrangements are recommended, as older individuals tend to be more seriously affected by the coronavirus.