Covid-19 | Government admits separation of mothers and newborns
The Government not only admits separating mothers from their newborns, but justifies the measure with the “pandemic situation” and the need to protect the health of mothers and children. However, the authorities say they intend to reverse the current situation
A Macau breastfeeding association has expressed concern over the separation at birth of mothers and babies at the territory’s only public hospital, which has justified the measure with “the pandemic situation” of covid-19.
“It is hard to believe,” reacted the president of the Macau Association for the Promotion of Breastfeeding and Childcare (APACIM), telling Lusa that she was “quite surprised by the news. Virginia Tam stressed that, even if the mother has covid-19, the measure “is not in conformity with the World Health Organization [WHO] guidelines” with regard to breastfeeding.
“Since the beginning [of the pandemic], the requirement is that mothers stay with their baby and comply with hygiene requirements, such as wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, but the preference is for mother and baby to be kept together,” she stressed, further noting “the benefits of skin-to-skin contact” between mother and child soon after birth to, among others, facilitate breastfeeding.
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