Breastfeeding protects newborns from many illnesses and is the best source of nutrition. It strengthens the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother. Looking at the present times when the world is fighting a pandemic, lactating mothers should take precautions to ensure her child does not get infected. Every new mother and a lactating mother needs to practice hygiene:
Practice respiratory hygiene during feeding, wearing a mask where available. Wash hands before and after touching the baby. Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces they have touched. It is further recommended that you speak to a lactation consultant to take necessary measures, now that doctors are providing teleconsultation services to patients.
Participate in virtual training programmes to understand and learn about breastfeeding techniques. Pay attention to your food and drink. A new mother should have nutritious food to nourish your body, and subsequently your baby. Stay hydrated and drink enough liquid. Water, juice, milk, whatever. Don't let your busy schedule of taking care of your newborn prevent you from having healthy meals. Have a balanced diet which is rich, which means a diet which has a combination of protein, calories fat, fatty acids and vitamins. proteins in the diet include a few pulses, nuts, beans, seed, dairy, lean meat from fish, chicken, meat, eggs etc. Over consumption of this is not going to alter the breast milk rich with protein). Mother should be well hydrated to avoid tiredness & thirst.