COVID-19 and management of childbirth and breastfeeding

18 December, 2020

Dear all,

I am a pediatrician and IBCLC in Japan.

I would like to have your information, on behalf of my friend, Dr. Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM.


I am an MD, IBCLC in the US working with Alive and Thrive on a paper reviewing country guidance on how pregnant women are treated when they arrive to the hospital in labor, and what happens when the baby is born regarding skin to skin, breastfeeding, if they can room in or are separated, etc based on whether they are COVID positive or suspected to be. We need guidance from these Asian countries: Azerbaijan, Bahrain,

Bhutan, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Maldives, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tajikistan , Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

If you can help me, or refer me to anyone who can, I and my team would be so grateful! Please let me know. English would be preferred but we will take the native language. Guidance from the government is best; if

not available then from a professional organization is next. Thank you so very much for your help! Please feel free to pass this along. Thank you!

Kathie Marinelli MD, IBCLC, FABM

Associate Editor

Journal of Human Lactation


Best wishes,


Tomoko Seo, MD, IBCLC, FABM

CHIFA profile: Tomoko Seo is a Dr. at Green Woods Children Clinic in Japan. Professional interests: Infant and Child nutrition, Breastfeeding, Mother support. Email address: tseo AT