COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

We understand you may have concerns during this time around a decision to breastfeed and COVID-19. While research on COVID-19 continues, we have put together guidelines to help you and your baby stay safe.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding COVID-19 Hotline: 949-764-2229

At Hoag, we understand you may be feeling more anxious in these uncertain times and want you to know we are here to provide the most timely information to stay healthy.  Access to a dedicated OB education RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is available to address your questions and concerns about COVID-19.

The Pregnancy and Breastfeeding COVID-19 Hotline is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed holidays). 

Facts about COVID-19 and Breastfeeding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization recommend you continue breastfeeding, even if you have been confirmed to have COVID-19. It is believed that the virus is spread person-to-person from coughing, sneezing and breathing. There is no evidence of the virus transmitting through breast milk. 
For additional information and guidelines from the CDC, click here.

Steps for Safe Breastfeeding

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, take the following steps to avoid spreading the virus to your baby: 

  • Wash your hands before touching your baby
  • Wear a face mask, if possible, while breastfeeding your baby
  • Wash your hands before touching pump or bottle parts and clean all parts after each use
  • See additional ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 here

Additional Breastfeeding Support

  • Hoag’s BabyLine: 949-764-2229
    This line is staffed by an OB education RN, IBCLC with expertise and knowledge about pregnancy, as well as basic baby care and breastfeeding.  The BabyLine is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (closed on holidays). 
  • Hoag Pacify┬« App
    As Hoag’s further commitment to support breastfeeding, Hoag Pacify offers a valuable complement to the personal one-on-one breastfeeding support provided at the Hoag Breastfeeding Clinic. This app is ideal when one-on-one support isn’t possible or if you find yourself in need for breastfeeding support after hours. Every mom who delivers at Hoag will have access to Hoag Pacify. Visit hoag.org/pacify for more information.

Additional updates on COVID-19 are available here, and are subject to change.