Does BREAST MILK protect the baby against the coronavirus? / Argentina News


The coronavirus behaves differently from other respiratory diseases, since the youngest have shown little vulnerability to the disease

The breastmilk has many benefits for babies, as it provides nutrients and strengthens the immune system.

In addition to the already known benefits of breast milk, a scientific study recently published indicates that this substance could offer babies a passive immunity to the Covid-19.

The work headed by Veronique Demers-Mathieu, from the Department of Immunology and Neonatal Microbiology, and which has been published in Journal of Perinatology, studied the presence and levels of reactive antibodies to the S1 and S2 subunits of SARS-CoV-2 and the nucleocapsid protein.

How does the study was realized

To carry out this study, samples of breastmilk 41 women during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as 16 women two years before the coronavirus outbreak that hit Wuhan and then spread around the world.

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The experts indicated in their results that S1 + S2-reactive IgG was higher in the women’s milk who had symptoms of viral respiratory infection in the past year than in the milk of symptom-free women.

“Difference in levels of SIgM / IgM, IgG and SIgA / IgA reactive to nucleocapsid proteins and S1 and S2 subunits of SARS-CoV-2 in human milk” is the title of this work.

“The presence of reactive antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in breast milk could provide passive immunity to breastfed babies and protect them against Covid-19 diseases “, indicate the conclusions reached by the experts with this work whose results were released in September.

One of the key points the study emphasizes is the recommendation What does the Center for Disease Control and Prevention do to get vaccinated against influenza and diphtheria and acellular pertussis in reduced doses of tetanus (Tdap) during the second or third trimester of gestation, this in order that IgG antibodies By-products of the injection are transferred to the fetus through the placenta, providing passive immunity against these pathogens.

Before the uncertainty by the way the coronavirus is that months ago there was fear in case breast milk could be a way through which SARS-CoV-2 was spread.

WHO recommends breastfeeding to prevent, among other diseases, Covid

WHO recommends breastfeeding to prevent, among other diseases, Covid

However, it has been recommended that breastfeeding not be suspended in the middle of pandemic, since there is no evidence of direct transmission of the disease.

“The coronavirus has not been detected in milk, it is in the droplets of saliva that are expelled when speaking, sneezing, in the nose,” the study indicates.

It is important to note that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), if every newborn was breastfed, 820 thousand lives could be saved every year.

Currently only 40% of infants under six months are breastfed at world level, so the expert insisted on the continuity of this form of feeding.