Mistakes from the HIV pandemic should inform the COVID-19 response for maternal and newborn care

January 21, 2021

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. To maximize infant health, COVID-19 policies should prioritize skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding, and maternal proximity.