First baby born to Australian mother with coronavirus: Here’s what happened

Breastfeeding a 'safe' option, say obstetricians

Australia’s first published case of an infant born to a mother with COVID-19 suggests that rooming-in and breastfeeding are safe for newborns, as long as precautions are followed.

Obstetricians from Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland published details of the case, reporting on the uncomplicated vaginal birth after both parents had been confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

They noted that published data on COVID-19 experiences in pregnancy and delivery had mainly come from China and were almost exclusively caesarean births