Rollins, N., Minckas, N., Jehan, F., Lodha, R., Raiten, D., Thorne, C., … & Maternal, N. (2021). A public health approach for deciding policy on infant feeding and mother–infant contact in the context of COVID-19. The Lancet Global Health. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30538-6
Rollins et al. present the Lives Saved Tool, an approach for deciding public health policy on infant feeding and mother–infant contact which balances the risks that are associated with viral infection against child survival, lifelong health, development, and also maternal health. Using this tool, they assessed the effect of various policies on infant mortality and found that greater infant deaths are predicted if COVID positive mothers are separated from their newborns and asked to avoid breastfeeding.