Resources to Address Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The pandemic has changed lives at work and at home, and continue to do so with each day. ABM has put together some resources that you need to care for your patients. Information about COVID-19 transmission is emerging daily. Please consult resources such as the CDC and the WHO for the most recent guidance.

Much is unknown about how COVID-19 is spread. Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, like how influenza (flu) and other respiratory pathogens spread.

In limited studies on women with COVID-19 and another coronavirus infection, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), the virus has not been detected in breast milk; however we do not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk.

ABM Statement on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Statement available in: English, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Turkish

Resources for Healthcare Professionals: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings

World Health Organization: Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Free Access to Coronavirus research from Mary Ann Liebert

Institute for Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education Podcast: Adapting the Practice of Breastfeeding Medicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC & Karen Bodnar MD, IBCLC, & Panelists

International Resources

Statement from the German National Breastfeeding Committee

New Zealand Ministry of Health 

Resources for Parents

New Mom Health

World Health Organization: Q&A on COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding