Italian study says breast milk does not transmit covid


The new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) is not transmitted from mother to baby through breast milk, says an Italian study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Pediatrics this Monday (28).

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The research was led by experts from the City of Health and Science of Turin, the largest European health center, and used as a basis the data recorded on the site with newborns breastfed by Covid-19 positive mothers and who followed the health protocols : use of face protection mask, hand cleaning, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and used objects. No baby has contracted the disease.

“These results are reassuring for mothers and health operators who care for the health of mothers and children”. The research also supports the recent WHO recommendations [Organização Mundial da Saúde] which, even with the limited information available so far, in consideration of all the benefits, also immunological, of breastfeeding, he also recommended for positive mothers “, highlights the research coordinator and coordinator of University Neonatology at Sant’Anna Hospital, Enrico Bertino.

The director of the University Laboratory of Molecular Virology of the Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, David Lembo, stressed that “for many years we have been studying the antiviral properties of breast milk and we have identified new active components that could protect the lactating mother from viral infections”.

“Also for this reason, with few exceptions, breastfeeding is an important resource for the health of the newborn,” concluded Lembo.

In addition to the two professors, specialists Daniele Farina, from Neonatology at the Mauriziano and Maria Vittoria hospitals in Turin, and representatives from the hospitals in Alessandria, Aosta and San Martino de Genoa also participated in the study.

Breastfeeding was the target of several doubts at the beginning of the new coronavirus pandemic, precisely because of the little knowledge about how the virus behaves.

However, in June, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recommended that mothers breastfeed their babies normally – and that they shouldn’t do so if they were feeling bad because of the symptoms of Covid-19. .

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