Breast milk is a miracle nutrient that alone can meet all the needs of the baby for the first six months, such as water, protein, carbohydrates, fat and minerals. World Health Organization; recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding for 2 years or more with appropriate complementary feeding. Experts also draw attention to the fact that babies should be fed with breast milk during the pandemic process at every opportunity. Because breast milk can protect the baby against many infections, especially Covid-19, thanks to the antibodies it contains.
Acıbadem Dr. Sinasi Can (Kadıköy) Hospital Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Pinar Atilkan "Made works; It shows that in cases where the mother is positive for Covid-19, breastfeeding does not have a negative effect on the clinical course of the child. Moreover, breastfeeding should be continued during the pandemic period, as it has a protective effect against this virus and strengthens the baby's immune system. Covid-19 pandemic, breastfeeding and breast milk; Thanks to its natural immunization power, it has shown how effective and important it is in protection from virus diseases. It also reminded once again that breast milk is a miraculous elixir as the first and natural vaccine given to the baby. However, it is of great importance to pay attention to some rules so that the virus is not transmitted to the baby through droplets during breastfeeding. Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Pinar Atilkan, Within the scope of "October 1-7, Breastfeeding Week", she explained the benefits of breast milk and the 5 rules to be considered while breastfeeding in the pandemic; made important suggestions!
Protects from Covid-19 infection
contained in breast milk Various antibodies support the strengthening of the baby's immune system. In addition, leukocytes, macrophages, polymorphonuclear leukocytes, T lymphocytes, which play a protective role in viral infections, B lymphocytes and stem cells, and all immunoglobulins (Ig) are naturally present in breast milk and play a protective role in many infections such as the baby in Covid-19. For this reason, it is of particular importance that the baby be fed with breast milk during the pandemic period.
From asthma to obesity
Breastfeeding protects against many diseases such as asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes in infants, severe lower respiratory tract infection, otitis media, gastrointestinal infections involving the stomach and small intestine, and necrotizing enterocolitis (inflammation in the intestines) in preterm infants.
breast milk; It is the healthiest food that can be reached whenever the baby needs it, ready, clean, warm, without the need for additional tools and without creating garbage.
Supports spiritual development
Thanks to the long-term skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding supports the spiritual development of the baby and ensures a healthy mother-baby bond.
It can prevent deaths under the age of 5
According to the 2016 report of the Lancet, one of the reputable medical journals; Thanks to its protection from many diseases and strengthening the immune system, 820 thousand lives can be saved with breast milk, and 5 percent of sudden deaths under the age of 13 can be prevented.
It raises the intelligence level
Joint reports of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, which are based on large-scale studies; suggests that prolonged breastfeeding is associated with higher IQs and improved cognitive function in later childhood.
5 important rules of breastfeeding in the pandemic!
Child Health and Diseases Specialist Dr. Pınar Atılkan explains the 19 rules you should pay attention to while breastfeeding your baby if you are COVID-5 positive or in doubt:
- Wash your hands first with soap and water for 20 seconds or disinfect your hands before and after touching your baby
- Ventilate your room often
- Make sure to wear your mask and change it as you moisturize.
- Wash your clothes at 60-90 degrees
- Do not use accessories such as rings and bracelets.