Infant feeding in areas of Zika virus transmission
Infant feeding in areas of Zika virus transmission. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016
This guidance concerns breastfeeding practices in areas of Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission. It is intended to guide governments, ministries of health, policy-makers and health-care workers, in the development of local and national protocols and policies on infant feeding, including breastfeeding practices in areas of ZIKV transmission, and their implementation. It may also be used to inform communication to the general public. Infants born to mothers with suspected, probable or confirmed ZIKV infection, or who reside in or have travelled to areas of ongoing ZIKV transmission, should be fed according to normal infant feeding guidelines. They should start breastfeeding within one hour of birth, be exclusively breastfed for six months and have timely introduction of adequate, safe and properly fed complementary foods, while continuing breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond.