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Covid-positive Shikha Singh opens up about breastfeeding struggles: ‘Pump my milk and give it to Alayna’

It can be heartbreaking for a new mother to have to stay away from her child due to health issues. With a further increase in Covid cases, many infected people are staying away from loved ones until they recover.

Recently, actress Kareena Kapoor Khan documented her recovery process on social media, writing how incredibly hard it was not being able to hold her two children, Taimur and Jeh.

And now another new mother has opened up about her struggle. Actress Shikha Singh wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, detailing the difficulties she has been facing since finding out she was infected with the Covid virus.

“One thing I feared the most during this Covid outbreak was – ‘How will this affect Alayna’ – I was scared then, I’m scared now,” she began her post. , talking about her daughter, whom she welcomed in 2020.

The actor went on to say that she was Covid positive, “but luckily everyone in the family is negative”. “I immediately isolated myself as soon as I had a fever and chills.”

“It’s been 36 hours since I’ve seen or met @alaynasinghshah and I’m heartbroken to hold her, feel her and be with her. But I know I have to control my emotions for her well and I will do it,” said the Kumkum Bhagya the actor wrote.

Shikha wrote that her health struggle obviously includes “body aches, headaches, fever and cough.” “But the main problem is that I was still breastfeeding her, she lacks that soothing comfort when falling asleep.”

She also said that she “pumps [her] milk” and to give it to her daughter, “as advised by our doctor, because my milk will contain antibodies for her (not carrying Covid)”.

Indianexpress.com had previously reported that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new mother can continue to breastfeed while being Covid-positive, as there is no indication showing vertical transfer of infection.

Ruth Patterson, Chief Lactation Consultant, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bangalore said this point of sale“So far there is no evidence that breast milk can transmit the virus. The mother, however, should be well advised on her hygiene.

Before feeding the baby, she should wash her hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. During feeding, the mother should wear a face mask. She should also maintain a safe distance between her face and the baby during the feed, Patterson advised.

The pump must be disinfected before use. (Photo: Getty/Thinkstock)

“If the mother has severe symptoms and needs medical attention, she might be advised to express the milk and give it to the caregiver, who should be able to feed the child The caretaker should also follow hygienic practices before feeding.If the milk is not expressed, it will accumulate and cause more problems for the mother.

“In addition to washing hands and cleaning breasts, the pump must be disinfected before use. The mother should wash her hands before and after milk collection,” added the lactation consultant.

Shikha concluded her post by saying, “For me, it’s more of a mental battle to be away from my baby for so long for the first time, but we’ll get through this too!”

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