Background and Aim: Although breastfeeding is highly important and has numerous health benefits, COVID-19 makes it difficult for mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to breastfeed their neonates. Various breastfeeding guidelines can confuse mothers and harm both mothers and their neonates. This study aims to evaluate the SARS-CoV-2 transmission from mothers to neonates and to encourage mothers with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to breastfeed. Materials and Methods: We searched PubMed and Google Scholar for literature on guidelines on COVID-19 and breastfeeding. We included English, free, and full-text articles. Results: SARS-CoV-2 is rarely transmitted via breast milk. The recommended strategy for breastfeeding is for parents and the health care team to make a joint decision. Mothers can breastfeed safely with strict infection prevention protocols. Breastfeeding mothers are advised to take the COVID-19 vaccination. It benefits both the mother and the neonate. Conclusion: The knowledge on COVID-19 and breastfeeding is continuously evolving. Our suggestions may serve as brief and flexible recommendations that can be customized based on local requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-91
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • breast milk
  • breastfeeding
  • transmission
  • vaccine


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