Reduced Breastfeeding Onset And Duration In Sars-Cov-2 Positive Mothers

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : October 18, 2022

The journal of academic pediatrics published a study recently. The report has established a connection between severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (Sars-Cov-2) and breastfeeding in the early stage of lactation. The pandemic of 2019 has successfully created multiple obstacles for Healthcare professionals. 

All the individuals infected with Sars-Cov-2 have suffered a lot. It has been found that these people have lost their breastfeeding capacity. Breastfeeding is a very crucial stage that has many benefits for newborn babies and even for the mother. The reduced breastfeeding capacity post-Sars-Cov-19 and its termination likely cause different infections and problems.

Sample Population

Breastfeeding has been considerably reduced in two categories of mothers. The first category includes the mothers who were positive or had been positive before delivery with Sars-Cov-2.

Reduced Breastfeeding Onset And Duration In Sars-Cov-2 Positive Mothers

The second category includes mothers who had a short stay in the hospital. The reduction in the time duration of stay Postpartum reduces the availability of sufficient support on lactation from the end of the hospital. 

Details of the study

A comparison was made between both categories in the first two months of stepping into neonatal life. The duration of the study was between 7th April to 23rd June 2020. An Observation for 90 days was recorded. The first 45 days comprised the first month, and the second half of the 45 days constituted the second month. Breastfeeding is initiated in the first month. 

With the help of a wald test, the impact of covid-19 was determined on maternal health. An attempt was made to assess the status of breastfeeding outcomes, the rate of pediatric contacts, and the management of delivery-specific symptoms. It was only with the help of a collective analysis that some output could be reduced into the form of a finding.

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A total of 285 new mothers were included in the study, of which around 19% showed positive symptoms of Sars-Cov-19. The first aspect of the study revealed that the demographics of Maternity between the positive and the negative mothers did not produce any glaring differences. The number of contact with medical professionals concerning positive mothers was much more than negative mothers. This had an impact on the initiation of breastfeeding. 

Positive mothers started lactating a week after delivery compared to negative mothers. The quantum of breastfeeding in the two categories of mothers was also different. Both the mothers who had been positive or had stayed for more days during postpartum in the hospital lactated for less than 24 hours during the first month. Adverse outcomes in breastfeeding can be reported due to the negative effects of covid 19. It is detrimental to neonatal life. 

Not only the time of initiation of breastfeeding has been altered due to this infection, but also, at the same point, the duration is very fluctuating. Multiple variables like contact with Healthcare professionals and the mothers’ demographics, including the infant’s health, play a determining role in deciding the ultimate impact of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is equally essential for the health of women. It can have long-term consequences, developing into serious health issues if not considered initially. The study also revealed the lack of proper pure Postpartum in the Mothers, affecting the capacity to lactate. 


Determining these issues at the right time helps decide the type of treatment which will be in a position to reduce the negative effects of this problem. Some functions are crucial to the human body, and effective discharge brings much utility. Breastfeeding is one of those functions. Effective diagnosis must be available to new mothers to overcome the side effects of covid-19. It is helpful to maintain the health of not only the mothers but also new bo children.


🔵National Library Of Medicine (n.d) A study of breastfeeding practices, SARS-CoV-2 and its antibodies in the breast milk of mothers confirmed with COVID-19 (Available On):

🔵WebMD (2005-2022) Coronavirus and Pregnancy (Available On):

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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