Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations

April 13, 2021

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.