Advice for Pregnant Women and Breastfeeding Mothers

ParentClub has provided key information for parents at this time, this can be found at https://www.parentclub.scot/topics/health/coronavirus

Pregnant Women

Do not leave home, you are in an at-risk group, and should self-isolate at home, NHS Inform has provided stay at home advice at:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/

If you think you’re in labour, phone your maternity unit and tell them you think you’re in labour but have been staying at home because of symptoms of COVID-19 infection. They’ll be able to advise you what to do next.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has more detailed guidance about COVID-19 for people who are pregnant

NHSG Midwifery staff have produced a helpful video for pregnant women

Breastfeeding and coronavirus

NHS Inform has provided stay at home advice at:  https://www.nhsinform.scot/

Breastfeeding information and support is available from your midwife, health visitor / family nurse and breastfeeding peer support volunteers. All staff and volunteers offer confidential, non judgemental support to women and their families about breastfeeding. For more information on the services NHS Grampian provide, please see the links below:

NHS Inform advice


There’s currently no evidence the virus can be spread through breast milk. However, you can still spread the infection by close contact with your baby.

The benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any potential risks of spreading the infection to your baby. This will be an individual decision and can be discussed with your midwife, health visitor or GP by phone.

If you or a family member are feeding with formula or expressed milk, you should sterilise the equipment carefully before each use. You shouldn’t share bottles or a breast pump with someone else.

Parent Club

Parent Club also has information on breastfeeding and coronavirus at:  https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/breastfeeding-and-coronavirus

UNICEF Baby Friendly advice

Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding your baby, the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative has a statement and advice here:

https://www.unicef.org.uk/