Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations
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.
Mistakes from the HIV pandemic should inform the COVID-19 response for maternal and newborn careMistakes from the HIV pandemic should inform the COVID-19 response for maternal and newborn care
During the COVID-19 pandemic, policy makers and practitioners must learn from mistakes made during the HIV pandemic, when breastfeeding was undermined through isolating infants from their mothers, and formula feeding resulted in more infant deaths than the disease.
Not breastfeeding leads to more than half a million child deaths annually and costs the world economy up to US$1 billion a day.