April 8 Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that mothers who have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus may pass protective antibodies to their babies through breast milk within a few months after vaccination, according to the New York Post.
According to Jenny Kelly, the author of the study, the results help refute “misleading posts on social media aimed at scaring mothers”. “A new set of data we are seeing now shows that ‘mother vaccination’ will also help protect babies – whether it’s through the placenta during pregnancy or through breast milk during lactation,” Kelly said. She strongly recommends that pregnant and nursing mothers get vaccines as soon as possible.
The study only involved five mothers who provided frozen breast milk samples to the researchers. Researchers have called for further research on the mother’s coronavirus vaccine to determine the length of time the antibodies are produced in breast milk and the impact on the infant’s infection rate.