Episode 1: COVID-19 and Breastfeeding—The Impact on Public Health

Host Dr. Mona Shattell kicks off On the Pulse with guest Dr. Cecília Tomori, director of global public health and community health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

During this discussion, Dr. Tomori shares her expertise in breastfeeding and maternal and child health, and recalls the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic when health care providers and mothers alike received mixed messaging about the safety of breastfeeding during the pandemic. She also discusses current recommendations for pregnant women who are seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

Podcast References

When Separation Is Not the Answer: Breastfeeding Mothers and Infants Affected by COVID‐19

Mother-Infant Contact and Breastfeeding Should Remain Top Priorities During COVID-19

A Public Health Approach for Deciding Policy on Infant Feeding and Mother–Infant Contact in the Context of COVID-19

WHO Breastfeeding and COVID-19 resources

CDC Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Caring for Newborns

CDC Vaccination Guidelines for Pregnant and Lactating People

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