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Supporting Breastfeeding in 2021 and Beyond—Lessons from the Pandemic

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Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX 79905, USA
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Department of Pediatrics, University at Buffalo, Oishei Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA
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Academic Editor: Maurizio Aricò
Received: 22 March 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 17 May 2021 / Published: 1 June 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected maternal and infant health globally both directly from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and indirectly from changes in health care resulting from social, economic, and health care policies unique to each country. The developing countries have to share the disproportionate burden on maternal and infant health. In this review, we discuss the uncertainties resulting from SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy, vertical transmission of the virus, and its effects on breastfeeding of the newborn. The problems of families and communities caring for mothers with COVID-19 and its impact on breastfeeding in newborns are discussed. The challenges posed by the pandemic have forced us to think and devise innovative solutions, including telemedicine help for antenatal counseling, breastfeeding education, and lactation support. Optimal utilization of resources and technology to find creative solutions at the individual and the community level will help in facilitating maternal–infant bonding soon after birth. Appropriate health care policies to support pregnant and lactating mothers will go a long way in meeting healthy child development goals. View Full-Text
Keywords: supporting breastfeeding; breastfeeding during pandemic; paid parental leave; breastfeeding future; lactation support; telelactation supporting breastfeeding; breastfeeding during pandemic; paid parental leave; breastfeeding future; lactation support; telelactation
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Singh, A.P.; Kumar, V.H.; Panda, S. Supporting Breastfeeding in 2021 and Beyond—Lessons from the Pandemic. Pediatr. Rep. 2021, 13, 289-301. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13020037

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Singh AP, Kumar VH, Panda S. Supporting Breastfeeding in 2021 and Beyond—Lessons from the Pandemic. Pediatric Reports. 2021; 13(2):289-301. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13020037

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Singh, Ajay P., Vasantha H. Kumar, and Sanjeet Panda. 2021. "Supporting Breastfeeding in 2021 and Beyond—Lessons from the Pandemic" Pediatric Reports 13, no. 2: 289-301. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pediatric13020037

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