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Keeping your baby healthy during COVID-19

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This post was written by Tony GiaQuinta, MD, PPG – Pediatrics.

Across the community, we are all feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be an especially scary time if you have a baby at home. But don’t worry. While you are social distancing, your pediatrician is still just a phone call away and wants to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.

Our biggest priority is that your baby is healthy and growing! Whether you are breastfeeding or using formula, it’s important that you’re feeding your baby in safe, healthy ways. Currently, there is a lot of inaccurate, misleading information on social media. Some of this information might even be harmful to your baby.

Here’s my advice:

  • Breastfeeding: Continue breastfeeding if you are able. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants. A baby that’s making a lot of wet diapers and stooling at least every few days is a great sign of getting the right amount of milk. If you’re breastfeeding and concerned that you may have COVID-19, please reach out to your healthcare provider. For more information on COVID-19 and breastfeeding, please visit the CDC’s website.
  • Formula: If you are using formula, please know that supply chains are working. There is NOT a formula shortage right now.
  • Proper preparation: Remember, when making formula, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, adding extra water to make formula “stretch” is NOT safe.
  • Unsafe alternatives: Please do not make your own formula. Homemade infant formulas are NOT safe and should not be used.
  • Stick to the basics: Babies should only have breastmilk or formula until 6 months of age. Do not give your baby water, soda, tea, juice, etc.

If you need assistance in connecting to community resources, we can help! Please reach out to Parkview’s Women’s and Children’s Community Health Workers 260-373-9651. Another great community resource for infant nutrition is WIC. Remember, your Parkview provider is always here to keep you and your baby healthy and safe during this difficult time.

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