Protect your baby from infection

Protect your baby from infection

In the first few months with your new-born, it is likely that you may suffer from infections yourself. Although breastfeeding offer baby’s extra protection against a range of illnesses, improving their chances of remaining healthy and infection free, there are some other steps that you can take to provide further security for your baby.

  1. Wearing a medical mask which covers both your nose and mouth, throughout contact with your baby. If this becomes damp or visibly spoiled then change to a new one and dispose of the old one appropriately
  2. Remember to rest, eat and drink regularly, remaining hydrated.
  3. If you are about to sneeze or cough, ensure you direct this away from the baby
  4. Clean and disinfect household surfaces frequently
  5. When feeding your baby, make sure it is in a comfortable and supported position with access to drink and snacks
  6. WASH YOUR HANDS – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after contact with your baby, but there is no need for a mother to wash her chest before feeding unless you have coughed directly onto herself