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Breast feeding at the time of COVID-19: do not forget expressed mother’s milk, please
  1. Riccardo Davanzo
  1. Research Direction, Institute for Maternal and Child Health, IRCCS "Burlo Garofolo", Trieste, TS 34137, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Riccardo Davanzo, Research Direction, IRCCS Materno Infantile Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, TS 34137, Italy; riccardo.davanzo{at}

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In the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prevention and cure, a remarkable issue, particularly in maternity hospitals, is represented by the risk of mother to child transmission by a breastfeeding severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)-positive woman.1

In a recent letter, Li states ‘all infants with suspected COVID-19 should be isolated and monitored regardless of whether or not they present with symptoms’,2 without giving further details on the management of newborn infant feeding. Moreover, Chinese colleagues who have recently coped with COVID-19 just do not consider the breast feeding option, nor the use of expressed breast milk for newborn infants.3 We can assume …

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