ISRHML Activities and Guidance related to COVID-19
The purpose of this summary, generated by a Working Group of ISRHML members, is to collate the rapidly evolving scientific evidence and clinical resources regarding the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), human milk and lactation. It is not intended to replace public health authority recommendations. Information on the COVID-19 pandemic is changing quickly. This document will be updated regularly to reflect new developments. Information is current as of the date shown below.
For the latest clinical and public health guidance, please visit the links provided below. These are regularly updated by health authorities.
For the latest peer-reviewed evidence, please visit this curated database of relevant literature. The database is regularly updated and maintained by an active Working Group of ISRHML members.
Guidelines for Collecting Human Milk for SARS-CoV-2 Analysis
ISHRML researchers have established a consensus protocol for collecting human milk for SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 research. These guidelines will be updated as the evidence and protocols evolve. Download the current version here.
COVID-19 & Breastfeeding: Evidence SUMMARY and Resources
whether components of the infant’s saliva influence the virusesearchers from around the world are working together to answer these important questions.
Database of relevant literature (LactCoV): ISRHML members are maintaining a curated database of relevant literature that is updated regularly. Additions are welcome, and can be submitted through this Google Form.
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- Yuehua et al. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics 2020. doi:10.3760/cma.j.issn.0578-1310.2020.0006
- Davanzo R. Breast feeding at the time of COVID-19: do not forget expressed mother’s milk, please. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2020. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2020-319149
- Mullins et al. Coronavirus in pregnancy and delivery: rapid review. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2020. doi: 10.1002/uog.22014.
- Marinelli KA. International Perspectives Concerning Donor Milk Banking During the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic. J Hum Lact. 2020. doi: 10.1177/0890334420917661.
- Stuebe A. Should Infants Be Separated from Mothers with COVID-19? First, Do No Harm https://doi.org/10.1089/bfm.2020.29153.ams
- Germany – German Child Health Foundation: Auch in Coronazeiten: Babys weiter stillen!
- UK – Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Statement on infant feeding during the COVID-19 outbreak