By Robert Preidt
HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Breastfeeding mothers are not likely to transmit the new coronavirus to their infants through their milk, researchers say.

No instances of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential threat remain.

Scientists examined sixty four samples of breast milk collected from 18 girls throughout the United States who ended up contaminated with the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that results in COVID-19.

One particular sample analyzed favourable for coronavirus RNA, but comply with-up exams confirmed that the virus couldn’t replicate and hence, couldn’t infect the breastfed infant, in accordance to the review a short while ago revealed on-line in the Journal of the American Clinical Association.

“Detection of viral RNA does not equate to infection. It has to increase and multiply in order to be infectious and we did not come across that in any of our samples,” claimed review 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 Research Biorepository.

“Our results propose breast milk by itself is not probably a resource of infection for the infant,” Chambers claimed in a UCSD information release.

To stop transmission of the virus while breastfeeding, wearing a mask, hand-washing and sterilizing pumping machines soon after each and every use are encouraged.

“We hope our final results and potential experiments will give girls the reassurance desired for them to breastfeed. Human milk presents a must have positive aspects to mother and child,” claimed co-author Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, main of the Division of Infectious Ailments at UCLA Mattel Children’s Medical center in Los Angeles.

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Resource: College of California, San Diego, information release, Aug. 19, 2020

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