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Breastmilk Could Protect Babies – And Adults – From Covid. Here's How

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27.09.2021

Mothers who’ve been infected with Covid-19 continue to pass antibodies via their breastmilk for 10 months, new research suggests.

The study, led by immunologist Dr Rebecca Powell, suggests breastmilk can offer infants protection from the virus for almost a year. The researchers also believe breastmilk could be used in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, potentially cutting the number of adults needing intensive care.

Dr Powell’s team analysed breast milk samples from 75 women who had recovered from Covid-19 and found that 88% contained a type of antibody called Immunoglobulin A, or IgA.

IgA
 works 
to
 protect
 body
 surfaces – such
 as
 the
 respiratory 
tract
 and
 gut – 
that
 come 
into
 contact
 with 
outside 
organisms. The researchers found that most IgA antibodies present in breastmilk could neutralise........

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