The Key Role of Breastfeeding for Health and Food Security in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

The Key Role of Breastfeeding for Health and Food Security in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic

South Africa commemorates World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), a global campaign to demonstrate sustained commitment to protect, support and promote breastfeeding as a key child survival and cost effective intervention. The country will commemorate this year`s campaign under the adapted theme: “Support breastfeeding for a healthier South Africa.”

While so far, the Covid-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk and research evidence has shown that virus is not transmitted through breastmilk or by giving breastmilk that has been expressed from a mother who is confirmed/ suspected to have it, all mothers are advised to continue breastfeeding and practice good hygiene by wearing a mask during feeding and wash their hands with soap before and after touching the baby.

 

Type
Promotional Materials and Infographics
Topic
Maternal and Child Health
Language
English
Publisher
National Department of Health
Year
2020