Covid-positive mums can breastfeed, maintain distancing from
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COVID-19 positive mothers can continue to breastfeed their babies but are advised to keep them at a distance of six feet from themselves, according to a new advisory issued by the Union Health Ministry. It also said that an overall health check-up post-Covid recovery must be carried out in pregnant women to ensure that the mother and the foetus are doing fine.

"COVID if severe can lead to serious complications during pregnancy, especially during the last trimester as the uterus is enlarged and presses on the diaphragm, compromising a woman's ability to cope with a fall in oxygen saturation. This may lead to a sudden fall in blood oxygen saturation and risk the lives of both the mother and the child. Vaccines will help prevent severe diseases in pregnant women," Dr Manju Puri, Head of the Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Lady Hardinge Medical Collegesaid.

It has now been approved that women can take COVID-19 vaccines even during pregnancy. Vaccinating a mother is likely to give some degree of protection to the newborn as the antibodies developed in the mother's body post-vaccination will pass on to the developing foetus through her blood. In the case of lactating mothers, an infant gets these antibodies through the mother's breast milk, the expert pointed out.

An expectant mother should wear a mask and maintain physical distance following all the Covid-Appropriate precautions among family members. The management of COVID is almost the same during the pregnancy as it is for others, but it should be done only under the strict supervision of a doctor. A woman should isolate herself, drink plenty of fluids and check her temperature and oxygen saturation every four to six hours.

Besides, women who have associated illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity needs to be more careful as they may need hospitalisation. A mother should continue to breastfeed the baby but is advised to keep the baby at a distance of six feet from her when she is not breastfeeding. Before breastfeeding the newborn, she should wash her hands, wear protective gear such as a mask or a face shield and sanitize her surroundings frequently. A caregiver who is tested negative can also help in taking care of the newborn.

"If there is no one else to take care of the child, a mother should wear a mask all the time, and maintain physical distance from the child as much as possible. The mother and the child should stay in a well-ventilated room. And she should regularly wash her hands and sanitise the surroundings," she further added.

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I don' t understand..are they drunk or high on weed? Matlab 6ft ki doori se breastfeed kaise karna he..? Pipe laga k?
Jul 28, 2021Like1