The Covid-19 vaccine can generate antibodies in breast milk, just a few weeks after a breastfeeding woman receives the dose. Thus, babies can be protected by these antibodies against disease.
The researchers reached this conclusion in a study published in the Journal of the American Association, as indicated in an article published in Healtline.
The investigation showed that the Covid-19 vaccine produces antibodies in breast milk 6 weeks later of vaccination.
What the study reveals
The study was carried out in Israel between December 23 and January 15. Although breastfeeding women were not included in the tests, medical authorities encouraged them to get vaccinated.
The purpose of the researchers was to know if SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were secreted in breast milk. The study involved 84 women who received the Pfizer vaccine. They received the 2 doses with 21 days of difference between doses.
To contrast the results, they collected milk samples before vaccination. After 2 weeks of the first dose they began collecting samples once a week for 6 weeks.
The result showed that after 2 weeks of the first dose, the levels of antibodies against Covid-19 rose significantly. But the levels rose even higher after the second dose.
For the Doctora Danell Mara Fisher It is encouraging to see how the immune system responds and how the antibodies are then found in the immune system of babies.
Because there is no Childhood Coronavirus VaccineIt is important that nursing mothers receive their respective doses to transmit their antibodies to the babies and thus, they have a degree of immunization.
Are all vaccines effective in this process?
Although the tests were done with the vaccine created by Pfizer, the Modern is also effective because they are similar.
In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ensures that there is no risk to the mother or the child.
However, like all vaccines, it does have side effects, although these they are not serious. This study may encourage more people to get vaccinated.
One of the doubts that arises around vaccines is how long immunity lasts, and if it will be necessary to repeat it, and if so, within how long.
While specialists continue to make progress, the best way to protect yourself is through vaccination and following established precautionary rules, such as hand washing, use of masks and social distancing.
Those who are mothers or pregnant should consult with their doctor about the vaccination process and solve all the doubts they may have, so they can feel safer and provide the protection that their little ones need.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.