Topic(s): BMS Code, Breastfeeding, Research
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Organization: Alive & Thrive
Programs: Policy advocacy, Strategic use of data
Guidance documents from 33 countries on newborn care for infants whose mothers are diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were assessed for alignment with WHO recommendations, revealing considerable inconsistencies. None of the guidance documents fully aligned with WHO guidance, while many undervalued the importance of maternal proximity and breastfeeding to infant health.