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COVID-19 and Human Milk Banking

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Urmila Deshmukh


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29 Mar 2020, 14:41

Is nCoV secreted through breast milk? What is the effect of pasteurization on breast milk nCoV (secreted or contaminated)? Do we continue human milk banking during this pandemic?

Alessandro Iellamo

Save the Children UK

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30 Mar 2020, 06:57

Dear Urmila


to date the evidence we have shows no transmission of Covid 19 through breastfmilk.

Please find two (2) important statements on Milk Banking and donor's breastmilk during Covid 19 from:

  1. The European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) :
  2. The Human Milk Bank Association of North America (HMBANA) :

Thanks, and I hope it can help



Karleen Gribble

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney Un

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31 Mar 2020, 00:23

A paper on human milk banking and COVID-19 has just been published in the Journal of Human Lactation

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