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COVID-19 Not Likely to Be Transmitted by Breast Milk: Study

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FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay Information)

Breastfeeding moms are not likely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies by means of their milk, scientists say.

No conditions of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but issues about the probable danger continue being.

Scientists examined 64 samples of breast milk gathered from eighteen women throughout the United States who were being infected with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.

One sample tested optimistic for coronavirus RNA, but stick to-up checks confirmed that the virus could not replicate and consequently, could not infect the breastfed infant, according to the analyze a short while ago revealed on line in the Journal of the American Health care Association.

“Detection of viral RNA does not equate to infection. It has to grow and multiply in get to be infectious and we did not come across that in any of our samples,” said analyze author Christina Chambers, a professor of pediatrics at the College of California, San Diego. She is also director of the Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Investigation Biorepository.

“Our conclusions advise breast milk by itself is not likely a supply of infection for the infant,” Chambers said in a UCSD news release.

To stop transmission of the virus when breastfeeding, donning a mask, hand-washing and sterilizing pumping products just after each and every use are advised.

“We hope our effects and long term scientific studies will give women the reassurance desired for them to breastfeed. Human milk supplies priceless added benefits to mom and infant,” said co-author Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, chief of the Division of Infectious Health conditions at UCLA Mattel Kid’s Healthcare facility in Los Angeles.

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