Limited data is available about the risks and benefits associated with breastfeeding following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, however, scientists recently published a study which supports recommendations for lactating mothers to continue breastfeeding during and after illness.

Courtney Meehan.

Washington State University anthropology professor Courtney Meehan made significant contributions to the research showing that breastmilk from women infected with COVID-19 provides natural protection to their infants against the virus.

Previous research from the scientists, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found the milk of breastfeeding women with the illness to contain no traces of the virus. The new study indicates long-lasting antibodies in relatively high amounts that neutralize or basically inactivate the virus.

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