By Lauren Vinopal, April 22, 2021

The problem is that the research on vaccinated breast milk is still very preliminary and mostly based on one small study of only six lactating women, along with supplemental data on another 18 mothers that was not specific to the vaccine. Results of these studies suggest that breast milk from vaccinated mothers contained higher levels of antibodies like IgA and IgG, which could have protective effects against COVID-19. But while the results are encouraging, OB-GYN Kecia Gaither notes the new information raises more questions than it answers. “What is the efficacy of the antibodies in preventing infection? Do other comorbidities influence the efficacy of the antibodies? Is there a higher concentration of antibodies generated earlier in pregnancy — rather than later during gestation — excreted in breast milk?” Gaither asks. “Is there a dose-dependent response?”

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