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WHO urges mothers to breastfeed even if infected with Covid-19

Reuters/Geneva

Monday، 03 August 2020 02:04 PM

Mothers should breastfeed their babies even if they have contracted Covid-19, the World Health Organization's head said on Monday, as the benefits outweigh the risks of infection.
"WHO recommends that mothers with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 should be encouraged the same as all other mothers to initiate or continue breastfeeding," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference.
As the world marks breastfeeding awareness week, Tedros said "the many benefits of breastfeeding for newborn babies and children substantially outweigh the potential risks of Covid-19 infections". 

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