Separation of COVID-19 ill mothers and infants make sense?
Whether breastfeeding mothers should be separated from the infants, if an infection with the new Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is evaluated in the professional world is quite different. So has spoken out, for example, the US health authority Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to consider a temporary separation of mother and child in the recital. Other experts disagree, however vehemently.
The President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Dr. Alison Stuebe of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, is firmly against a separation of COVID-19-infected mothers and their children. This could minimize the risk of Transmission of the Virus from the mother to the infant during the hospital stay, but I have potentially negative consequences both for the mother and for the infant, says Dr. Stuebe in the journal “Breastfeeding Medicine”.
No evidence for the benefits of a separation
Although several organisations of public health have recommended being expressly mothers and babies together, rates the CDC to consider a temporary separation of mother and child in regard to the mother is contagious, criticized Dr. Stuebe. The Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine emphasizes that there is no evidence that early separation of infants and mothers gunman with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 the health of the child.
Possible negative consequences
In turn, the separation of the mother and child to the mountains, however, some risks, because the Breastfeeding will be interrupted and the skin-to-skin contact in the critical hours and days after birth, is missing, reported by Dr. Stuebe. For example, to be in infants not in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers have tended to have higher cardiac and respiratory frequencies, and a lower glucose levels to determine.
Risks for mother and child
The separation of charged, according to Dr. Stuebe also the mother, what could make it more difficult for them, the viral infection to ward off. In addition, the separation would affect the care of the infant with mother’s milk, which is for the development of the immune system is important. The Quiet will be disturbed, resulting in the infant to an increased risk for serious respiratory infections, including pneumonia, and COVID-19, to butt out.
Dr. Arthur I. Eidelman, editor-in-chief of the journal “Breastfeeding Medicine”, stressing that “there is no need or indication, to separate infants categorically from COVID-19-suspect or -positive mothers, except in situations where the health condition of the mother excludes the care of the child.” Furthermore, the supply with breast milk, either by Breastfeeding or by Feeding “with abgepumpter milk, OK and welcome!” (fp)