In this era when everyone is trying to find required measurements to fight Covid, researchers from the University of Rochester are offering up some good coronavirus news. Their study indicates that COVID-infected breastfeeding mothers don’t transfer SARS-CoV-2, through their breast milk. They also reported that COVID antibodies appear to pass from mother to child during feedings also.
Researchers analyzed a group of 37 milk samples submitted by 18 COVID-positive women during this project. Not even one amongst those samples showed any signs of carrying the coronavirus. However, near two-thirds did contain two varieties of COVID-19 antibodies.
Importantly, this research makes the case that new mothers testing positive for COVID don’t have to quarantine from their babies. Many maternity wards around the globe are unsure about a way to address such situations. These findings will hopefully provide some clarity.
A professor within the Department of Pediatrics has reported, “We only want to sequester a mother from her baby if it’s medically necessary,” “However, the problem was very confusing for practitioners who don’t have sufficient evidence. These early results suggest that breast milk from mothers who have had a COVID-19 infection contains specific and active antibodies against the virus which they do not transfer the virus through milk. That’s great news!”
What’s within the milk that fights against the virus?
This study is simply an initial report of the project’s findings. Researchers expect to publish a more extensive release during the coming months.
Mark Sangster, a research professor who measured antibody assay levels among the milk samples has reported, “We found high levels of IgA (a common antibody in blood and other body fluids) in their breast milk. IgA’s migrate in mucosal transfer; therefore this is often encouraging information that mothers transfer these antibodies”.
“This work has to be replicated in larger cohorts. Additionally, we now have to understand if the COVID-19 vaccine impacts breast milk in the same way,” Young concludes.