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Infant Feeding During the Covid 19 Outbreak

Good hygiene habits are important and will keep the risks to your baby as low as possible whilst they are being fed.

Wash your hands frequently; it is a very good way of protecting yourself and your baby.

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways of protecting your baby from many illnesses so keep going! 

However you feed your baby, being held and spoken to while they feed is really important for their development and their relationship with you. Follow the hygiene guidelines and keep holding and having skin to skin time with your little one.

Advice is changing quickly so make sure you keep up to date with current advice. *Click Here* for up to date information.

If you have been diagnosed with or have the symptoms of the virus (*Click Here*), or have been in close contact with someone who has, or may have the virus, try not to panic. There is advice to help you keep the risks as low as possible.

When breast or bottle feeding your baby it is advised that you;

  • Wash your hands before touching your baby, breast pump or bottles.
  • Try and avoid coughing or sneezing on your baby while feeding.
  • If you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, wear a face mask if you can.
  • Don’t share any feeding / breastpump equipment. Clean and sterilise all equipment with care after each use.

If you are feeling very unwell you ask could someone who is well to feed your baby, either with formula or expressed breast milk.


Who Can Help?

If you are worried or need support with feeding you baby, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 


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