With the currently high number of COVID-19 cases, you may be concerned about how a lactation consult can be done safely, but the CDC stresses the importance of reaching out if you need it:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to ensure that people who are breastfeeding or who desire to breastfeed continue to have access to this support.”
Breastfeeding problems are usually urgent and require immediate assistance. Lack of access to professional lactation support (from a lactation consultant, pediatric or OB healthcare providers) is a barrier to breastfeeding, so the CDC recently updated their interim guidance on breastfeeding in the context of COVID-19. They included specific recommendations for situations with breastfeeding people, babies and family members who have had close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19, or direct exposure to COVID-19, or who themselves test positive for COVID-19. It also includes considerations for in-home lactation services, and how to safely get the help you need.
During times of seasonal illnesses (like the flu), but especially during a pandemic, it is even more important that babies receive as much breastmilk as possible, so don't wait if you have questions or are experiencing breastfeeding issues.
Just so you know, YES! YOU CAN BREASTFEED YOUR BABY EVEN IF YOU HAVE COVID-19!
As a reminder and a reassurance to each of you, I follow the CDC’s and Colorado’s Department of Health recommendations for safe in-home visits, and continue to offer telephone or telehealth (video) options if needed.
I can also usually schedule an appointment with you within 1-2 days. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me--I am here for you!
Access the CDC's updated recommendations here: “Care for Breastfeeding People: Interim Guidance on Breastfeeding and Breast Milk Feeds in the Context of COVID-19”