COVID-19 Community Resources 2020-04-29T00:49:54-07:00

If you have any additional free resources to share with the SD County community, please email sdcbc@breastfeeding.org. We will continuously update this page.

Updates on COVID-19 

The State of California and the County of San Diego Public Health Office is frequently issuing orders that require action from individuals and organizations to prevent the disease from spreading in our region. These actions may include certain closures and social distancing requirements. Click on each image below for the latest updates. 

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Find state resources and information on COVID-19 including the latest updates.

Local County updates on COVID-19

Coronavirus in San Diego:  Daily Updates on Positive Cases, Other Data

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Resources

For local lactation consults and breastfeeding support, please visit our Resource Guide page

SDCBC Resource Guide

Mothers can breastfeed in an emergency!

The safest food in an emergency is the mother’s own milk. Donor human milk is the next best option. Mothers who cannot directly feed their babies can also be supported to express their milk.

If someone who is breastfeeding becomes ill, it is important not to interrupt direct breastfeeding. The baby has already been exposed to the virus by the mother and/or family and will benefit most from continued direct breastfeeding.

¡Las mamas pueden amamantar durante una emergencia! 

La comida más segura en una emergencia es la propia leche de la madre. Los donantes de leche humana es la mejor opción siguiente. Las madres que no pueden alimentar directamente a sus bebés también pueden ser apoyados para expresar su leche. Si se enferma alguien que está amamantando, es muy importante no interrumpir la lactancia directa. La madre y/u otros familiares ya han expuesto al bebé al virus, por lo que el bebé se beneficiará más continuando con la lactancia directa.

Is it safe for a mother to breastfeed if she is infected with coronavirus?

Currently, both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommend that mothers continue to breastfeed. 

All mothers in affected and at-risk areas who have symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care early, and follow instructions from a health care provider. 

Considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the insignificant role of breastmilk in the transmission of other respiratory viruses, the mother can continue breastfeeding, while applying all the necessary precautions.

For symptomatic mothers well enough to breastfeed, this includes wearing a mask when near a child (including during feeding), washing hands before and after contact with the child (including feeding), and cleaning/disinfecting contaminated surfaces – as should be done in all cases where anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 interacts with others, including children.  

If a mother is too ill, she should be encouraged to express milk and give it to the child via a clean cup and/or spoon – all while following the same infection prevention methods.

¿Es seguro que una madre amamante si ella está infectada con coronavirus? 

Actualmente, la Organización Mundial de la Salud y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades CDC recomiendan que las madres siguen amamantando. 

Todas las mamas afectadas y en las áreas de riesgo que tienen síntomas de fiebre, tos o dificultad para respirar, debe buscar atención médica temprana, y siga las instrucciones de un proveedor de atención de salud. Considerando los beneficios de la lactancia materna y el papel insignificante de la leche en la transmisión de otros virus respiratorios, la madre puede continuar amamantando, mientras que aplicar todas las precauciones necesarias.

Para madres sintomático lo suficientemente bien como para amamantar a sus hijos, esto incluye el uso de una máscara cuando se encuentre cerca de un niño (incluso durante la lactancia), lavarse las manos antes y después del contacto con el niño (incluida la alimentación), y la limpieza/desinfección de superficies contaminadas, como debería hacerse en todos los casos en que cualquier persona con presunta o confirmada COVID-19 interactúa con otros, incluidos los niños.

Si una madre está demasiado enferma, deberían ser alentados a expresar la leche y darle al niño a través de una taza limpia y/o cuchara – todo mientras siguiendo los mismos métodos de prevención de infecciones.

** If you have medical concerns questions about the Coronavirus disease, please contact your healthcare provider **

Community Resources

Paid Family Leave, Unemployment, Financial Support and Access to Food information

For general questions or to access other community resources, you can call 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 San Diego website

 If you have any additional free resources to share with the SD County community,  please email sdcbc@breastfeeding.org 

The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition would like to thank all the amazing health care providers who continue to support breastfeeding mothers and babies throughout San Diego County.

We hope these resources can help our community with updates and tips to help our families during this health crisis.