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Having COVID-19 symptoms or the vaccine

There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be passed on in breast milk. The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks relating to breastfeeding when you have COVID-19.

The main risk of feeding your baby if you have COVID-19 is the close contact between you and your baby. You should discuss the risks and benefits with your family and your maternity team.

If you think you have COVID-19, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before touching your baby. Try to avoid coughing or sneezing on them while they feed.

If you're feeling unwell, make sure you do not fall asleep holding your baby.

For more information on COVID-19 and breastfeeding visit The Breastfeeding Network.

Expressing, mixed feeding and bottle feeding

If you're feeling unwell, it may be easier to carry on breastfeeding rather than expressing during this stressful time.

However, if you're expressing your breast milk, remember to always wash your hands before handling the breast pump and bottles.

Sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You should not share bottles or a breast pump with anyone else.

Read more about breastfeeding and bottle feeding.

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine

It's safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine if you're breastfeeding. You cannot catch the virus from the vaccine or pass it on to your baby.

Breastfeeding help and support

National Breastfeeding Helpline

For confidential breastfeeding information and support, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.

Lines are open 9:30am to 9:30pm every day.

Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend is a digital tool with lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you that you can access 24/7.