Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

April 14, 2021

Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Breastfeeding Mothers



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  • No evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection was found among newborns born to mothers positive for SARS-CoV-2 (n = 55) who were separated from mothers post-delivery. All newborns tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 post-delivery, and 75% were fed unpasteurized, expressed breast milk during the separation until discharge. 89% of neonates were discharged after mothers were instructed in anti-infection measures. In 40% of households, there were additional SARS-CoV-2–positive residents, and all infants who breastfed at home remained SARS-CoV-2 negative.

Shlomai et al. (Apr 13, 2021). Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Breastfeeding Mothers. Pediatrics.