Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
COVID-19 is still very new and scientists are still learning how it spreads and the severity of illness it causes. At this time, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that pregnant women are at a greater risk for more serious outcomes related to COVID-19. The pregnancy outcomes of the reported cases have been largely good.
We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. In the cases of breastfeeding mothers, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk, supporting that mother-to-infant vertical transmission is unlikely.
It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses and take the appropriate steps to avoid and prevent infection. Please click here to learn more about how to protect yourself. Please consult with your health care provider if you have any concerns.
New Information may become available. Visit the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Government of Canada websites to keep up to date.
WHO - COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
Pregnancy, Childbirth and Caring for Newborns: Advice for Mothers (Health Canada)
Information about Infant Forumula
Commercial infant formula is the only recommended alternative to breastmilk. Do not make your own baby formula at home as this is unregulated and not an appropriate substitute for breastmilk. Homemade baby formulas or watered down commercial formula can be unsafe. They do not offer the right amount of vitamins, minerals and energy that babies need and they could be a food safety risk.
Making your own baby formula may appeal to you during COVID-19, but please continue to purchase safe and nutritionally complete commercial infant formula and prepare it based on manufacturers direction. All commercial formula sold in Canada are safe and have the essential nutrients your infant needs. Canadian legislation ensures all commercial formulas sold in Canada undergo a full safety and nutritional quality assessment. These companies must also submit scientific evidence that their products support healthy growth in infants and do not pose harmful risks.
Please be respectful of the needs of other families and households. Infant Formula an essential grocery item for many, by practicing normal grocery buying habits we can ensure that everyone gets the supplies they need.
Infant formula is a product in high need at many food banks. If you have ‘extra’ unopened diapers or infant formula consider donating during this time of COVID-19. Please check expiry dates. Some individuals are not able to buy or store extra. Cash donations are always welcome and are the most effective way to donate food banks.