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Breastfeeding challenges and opportunities during COVID-19 in Hong Kong

HumanInsight Breastfeeding challenges and opportunities during COVID-19 in Hong Kong

J Paediatr Child Health. 2023 Apr 6. doi: 10.1111/jpc.16238. Online ahead of print.


Barriers to sustain breastfeeding could be time and place specific. Here, we summarise new and old challenges to breastfeeding during COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, some of which were obtained from qualitative in-depth interviews with health-care professionals. We document how unnecessary massive mother-baby separations in hospitals and doubts in COVID-19 vaccine safety seriously harm breastfeeding. We also discuss how the trends and increase in acceptance of receiving post-natal care from family doctors, online-antenatal class, work-from-home policy and telemedicine implicate new strategies to protect, promote and support breastfeeding during and after the pandemic. The challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic on breastfeeding have revealed new opportunities to support breastfeeding in Hong Kong and similar settings where exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is still not the norm.

PMID:37021632 | DOI:10.1111/jpc.16238

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