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Caring for newborns during the COVID-19 pandemic

New parents face additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic while trying to care for their newborns.

We’ve put together some tips and advice to help you navigate through uncertainties.

Tip 1.

Q. How can parents protect newborns at home?

  • Physical distancing remains the best strategy for limiting risk of infection to babies

  • Use social media or video applications, such as FaceTime, Skype and Zoom, to connect with friends and family members

  • Try not taking the baby out to prevent exposing the baby to the virus, unless necessary, such as baby’s hospital vaccination

  • Wash hands frequently and take special care to wash hands before touching newborns

Tip 2.

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for breastfeeding women?

  • *Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19 (JKJAV) recommends the Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca for nursing mothers

  • It is important to discuss vaccination with your obstetrician-gynecologist and/or pediatrician

  • Mothers should discuss the benefits, risks and the side effects for both mom and baby from the vaccinations

  • This will enable mothers and their families make informed decision before proceeding with the vaccination

Tip 3.

Q. If mom gets COVID-19 and she's breastfeeding, will it transfer to the baby?

  • Breastfeeding has not been linked to transmission of COVID-19

  • There isn't sufficient evidence available at this time to be certain

Tip 4.

Q. If mom has COVID-19, what can she do to keep the baby safe while breastfeeding?


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