Breast Milk boosts an infant’s immune system, lowers the risk of developing infections and allergies, lowers the infant mortality rate and enhances cognitive functioning. Breastfeeding can also act as the baby's first vaccine, offering protection against many common childhood illnesses and significantly lowering the risk of diabetes, respiratory tract infections, allergic diseases, and childhood leukaemia in infants.
While there may be concerns regarding breastfeeding amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO addressed misinformation stating that "transmission of active Covid-19 through breast milk and breastfeeding has not been detected to date. There is no reason to avoid or stop breastfeeding."
For nursing mothers suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, the WHO advises precautions be taken before breastfeeding like washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or using a hand sanitiser with at least 60 per cent alcohol content, and always wearing a mask when in contact with the baby.