New evidence is in, and it confirms earlier, initial findings that breastfeeding and breastmilk by women with COVID-19 is not a hazard to infants.
According to an article just published by Nature’s Pediatric Research, the longitudinal follow-up study has found:
• SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA rarely appears in breastmilk – even from women with confirmed COVID-19
• There is zero evidence that breastmilk contains an infectious virus or that breastfeeding puts infants at risk of infection
See all the details in this open access article: ‘No infectious SARS-CoV-2 in breast milk from a cohort of 110 lactating women’.
Researchers launched the follow-up investigation "to determine how often SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA was present in breastmilk samples and to examine the risk of infection to infants through breastmilk".
The collaborative study was unprecedented in size, duration and stringent testing methods. Unlike previous studies, researchers evaluated a large number of breastmilk samples (285) from a large group of women (110).
FLRF is proud to have contributed to this important work with an emergency grant to the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence at the University of California San Diego in 2020.
Care to see a report on the findings in Swiss news outlet SRF? Check here, timestamp 09:12, 19 January 2022 ‘Muttermilch von infizierten Frauen wohl kein Risiko für Babys’ (Das Neueste zur Coronakrise – Verlängerung der Corona-Massnahmen: Heute tagt der Bundesrat, News – SRF.)