In this free, weekly support group, we welcome moms to return after delivery for expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes. A board-certified lactation consultant is available at each meeting, and a baby scale is available for an infant weight check. In addition to working directly with our lactation experts, attendees find support in the opportunity to connect with other new and breastfeeding moms.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Virtual Sessions via Zoom
To help protect our patients, staff and community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Baby Bistro will be offered via Zoom video conferencing sessions until further notice.
Please register online, and you will receive a confirmation email with important instructions and details.
If you need help registering, please call our lactation support line at 773-702-8885 for assistance.
Free Lactation Support Line:
Connect with a certified lactation consultant at the Family Birth Center.
Breastfeeding and COVID-19
Some people have questions about if COVID-19 can be passed to a baby from breastfeeding.
A lot is still unknown about how COVID-19 is spread. Person-to-person spread is believed to happen mainly from respiratory droplets passed on when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is like how influenza (the flu) and other respiratory pathogens spread.
In some studies on COVID-19 and another coronavirus infection called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), the virus has not been found in breast milk. However, we do not know if the COVID-19 virus can be passed in breast milk.
Breast milk gives protection against many illnesses. There are rare times when breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk is not recommended.
CDC does not have specific guidelines for breastfeeding when infected with a similar viruses such as SARS-CoV or Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV).
CDC recommends people with the flu keep breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk to their baby while taking precautions not to spread the virus to the infant.
These are CDC Breastfeeding Guidelines for people with COVID-19 or who are being tested for COVID-19.
Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. A lot is still unknown about COVID-19. The decision to start or if to keep breastfeeding must be made by the person who will be breastfeeding along with their family and doctor.
A person who is positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 and is being tested for the virus must take all precautions to keep from spreading the virus to their baby. Precautions include washing hands before touching your baby and wearing a face mask if possible, when feeding at the breast.
When expressing breast milk with a manual or electric breast pump:
- Wash hands before touching any pump or bottle parts.
- Follow recommendations for proper pump cleaning after each use.
If you can, have someone who is not sick and is feeling well feed the baby.