Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
Original Article

Retrospective Study on Breastfeeding Practices by SARS-COV-2 Positive Mothers in a High Risk Area for Coronavirus Infection


Department of Medical and Surgical Science, University of Foggia, Italy


Department of Neonatology and NICU, Ospedali Riuniti, Foggia, Italy


Department of Biomedical Sciences and Human Oncology, “A. Moro” University, Bari, Italy

Turk Arch Pediatr 2021; 56: 479-484
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2021.21156
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Background: During the pandemic of SARS-Cov-2, among other clinical and public health issues, a major concern raised by SARS-CoV-2 is the possibility of transmission of the infection from mother to child in the perinatal period. This has placed a question mark on the safety of breastfeeding, with ambiguity on the joint management of SARS-CoV-2 positive or suspected mothers and their children. It was aimed to evaluate breastfeeding rates for newborns of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 positive mothers who were temporarily separated from their babies at birth, compared to those who were not separated.

Results: Babies who were not isolated from their mothers at delivery were significantly more likely to be breastfed and were at no higher risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. 

Conclusion: Following the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and strict hand and mask hygiene measures, breastfeeding practices can be established and maintained through rooming-in, thus promoting the mother–child bond without compromising the safety of the newborn.

Cite this article as: Indrio F, Pettoello Mantovani M, Salatto A, et al. Retrospective study on breastfeeding practices by SARS-COV-2 positive mothers in a high risk area for coronavirus infection. Turk Arch Pediatr. 2021; 56(5): 479-484.

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