Transcript for Parents on the hunt for breast milk with COVID-19 antibodies
great "Pop news." We'll switch gears and turn to our cover story and parents on the hunt for breast milk that they believe might have covid antibodies and doing this because they're hoping to protect their babies from this pandemic and Mona Kosar Abdi has this story. Reporter: Breast milk is a primary source of nutrition for newborns often called liquid gold and this morning some moms believe the MVP could be milk that contains covid-19 antibodieses. If there's a way I can do something to offer a level of protection to my child I'd like to try. Reporter: Before Courtney Carson sent her 4-month-old to day care she wanted to do whatever she could to protect him from covid-19. I had read an article that was highlighting some promising research about antibodieses being passed from mother to their baby so because I was fortunate to be part of a network of new parents, I decided that I would just ask and see if anyone was willing to donate for me and my son. -Year-old Yoko little says she was vaccinated in February and in good health decided to help and donated about a bottle's worth of her breast milk to Courtney. I know that the mother was also, you know aware that the science wasn't fully behind it yet but needed some peace of mind and if a few bags of milk can give someone peace of mind I'm happy to give it. Reporter: There are small but promising studies that show vaccinated women can pass along covid-19 antibodies to their babies in utero and through their breast milk but so far there's no studies that show donated breast milk can do the same with medical experts calling for more research to understand what levels of protection if any can be passed on. The fda warns about the potential dangers of milk sharing from individuals or an online source including exposure to infection shouse diseases, including HIV, some illegal drugs and prescription drugs and find a milk bank which which can be safer. We test their blood and not only screen them for infectious diseases and pasteurize the milk in a way to pro-eave the immunological property. For "Good morning America," Mona Kosar Abdi, ABC news, new York. All right, this one certainly has a lot of questions. Going to have people talking. Let's bring in the one and only Dr. Jen Ashton. We heard in the piece that the science sort of seems questionable. What is the science on this about antibodies in breast milk? I think we should think about it right intention, wrong execution. I want to be crystal clear. There is no evidence that at this point that a covid antibodies can be passed along through donated breast milk. There is some limited evidence that there can be in utero protection from a woman who's been vaccinated or naturally infected and if you look at the data for kids in general, 18 years of age and younger account for a really small percentage of clinical infections. Under 2%. We do also think there are higher rates of spread in older kids age 10 to 19 so we have to stick with the data. And are there risks, a lot will want to know, in sharing breast milk between people? Oh, 100%. If this is not coming from a screened milk bank as we just heard there are big-time risks. This is a bodily fluid and can transmit major infectious diseases, other medications and drug metabolites. This is not Victor Yoon era England. We don't need to do black market milk sharing to keep babies alive so right now risks definitely outweigh any potential benefits. What other options might parents have out there? Well, for women, pregnant women they can vaccinate their babies and, again, weaver to underscore big picture view here. Breast milk is best overall for a baby up to 12 months of age and big-time benefits for the mom as well. Good information as always, Dr. Ashton, thanks so much.
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