There is a wealth of evidence that breastmilk and breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases.
Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed directly whenever possible and maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to provide.
At present, there is no evidence that Covid-19 is transmitted through breastmilk. Infection can be spread to the baby in the same way as to anyone else.
- Wash their hands before touching the baby, breast pump or bottles.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing on the baby while feeding at the breast, by cup, syringe, tube or bottle.
- Wipe the breast pump with antibacterial wipes before and after they use it.
- Clean all pumping and feeding equipment thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry with clean paper towel. Store pump kits in a sealed box with a lid.
- Clean bottles for formula with warm soapy water, rinse and then sterilise between feeds.
- Express, label and store breastmilk in the fridge provided. Ask your midwife for guidance.
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
Breastfeeding Workshop Videos
- The Value of Breastfeeding
- Breastmilk Components
- Skin to Skin
- Positioning and Attachment
- Getting off to the Best Start
- Signs That Your Baby is Hungry
- Troubleshooting Problems
- Antenatal Colostrum Harvesting
Community Feeding Support
Due to current advice on social isolating we can no longer run our community infant feeding support groups.
Please email us with any questions and concerns about your baby’s feeding and include your telephone number:
We can offer written, telephone and face to face video messaging support and additional required support can be arranged on a 1:1 basis if required.
Please make sure you have had at least two breastfeeds observed and are confident in independently latching your baby onto the breast before you are discharged home from hospital.
Other Useful Resources and Videos
Please note that the resources below have not been created by Ashford and St Peter's.
- Best beginnings videos on breastfeeding, positioning and attachment
- Off to the Best Start leaflet on breastfeeding and how to know it is going well
- Children's Health Surrey: Infant Feeding
- Video: Hand expressing