Researchers study breast milk in hopes of learning more about COVID-19 antibodies

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  As researchers try to further comprehend how COVID-19 antibodies work, new information about breast milk may be a factor in understanding what it would take to protect people from COVID-19.

Dr. Diane Spatz, a nurse scientist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, pointed to a case study out of China connecting breastfeeding with COVID-19 antibodies.

Human milk, she added, is filled with white blood cells that can overtake as well as destroy pathogens. 

She said this information can be useful to new moms who are deciding whether or not to breastfeed, as well as be helpful to those in vaccine research.

"So, Lars Bode in California has received some funding and he has a lab where they are studying the milk from COVID positive mothers to look at how quickly the antibodies are formed in the milk,” she added.