Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer, Prof. Dr. Gülbin Gökçay and Assoc. Dr. Gonca Keskindemirci and Prof. Dr. In the study conducted by Nalan Karabayır, tests were performed on the milk of 11 breastfeeding mothers who tested positive for Kovid-19. As part of the tests, which were carried out regularly for several weeks, samples were taken from the mothers’ milk before breastfeeding at certain times of the day. As a result of the research, it was seen that the mothers did not have Covid-19 in their milk and that no baby was transmitted through breast milk. In addition, it was determined that the antibody formed in mothers who survived Covid-19 was passed to the baby with milk and protected against the virus, “he said.
‘MOTHER’S MILK IS A VERY VALUABLE ANTIBODY AND NUTRITION SOURCE’
Stating that from the moment Covid-19 was first seen, the situation of mothers who had a positive test to breastfeed their babies began to be investigated. Dr. Somer continued his words as follows:
“Many viruses do not pass through breast milk. AIDS and cytomegalovirus are transmitted through breast milk. Serious research has been done on whether coronavirus is passed from breast milk to baby. Breast milk is a valuable source of antibodies and nutrients. The World Health Organization has published from the very beginning that it is ok for mothers who have a positive Covid-19 test to breastfeed their babies. Later studies have shown this to be true. “
‘MOM NEEDS TO WEAR A MASK WHEN BREATHING BABY’
Noting that there is no publication showing that Covid-19 is passed from mother to baby with milk, Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer made the following recommendations:
“Covid-19 is a disease transmitted through the respiratory tract and droplets. The mother should wear a mask as the distance we recommend while breastfeeding her baby will disappear. If the mother’s test is positive, they have to be in quarantine for at least 14 days in some cases as a mother-baby couple. Other citizens should not come into contact with the mother-baby couple. Since we do not wear masks for babies, the mother must wear a mask while breastfeeding her baby. She needs to wash her hands before each breastfeeding. It should take the necessary precautions. Before each breastfeeding, she should clean her breast. If the mother needs to express her milk, she needs to take sterile precautions. The mother who has a positive test should wear her mask while expressing her milk and filling in a sterile container and should follow the rules of hand washing. “
‘MOTHER’S MILK IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT BABIES FROM CORONAVIRUS’
Noting that since the beginning of the pandemic, the reason why the coronavirus affects children less is a matter of curiosity, Prof. Dr. Somer continued his words as follows:
“It is said that the incidence of children is increasing in the world, but this situation increases in parallel with adults. One of the biggest reasons why babies are less affected by coronavirus is their breast milk and their strong immunity. Immunity is strong in babies. This immune system decreases with age. Breast milk also gives some cells to the baby. The immune system cells, which we call T cells, protect the baby and children against viruses. Studies have shown that antibodies formed in vaccinated mothers are passed on to the baby with breast milk. Breast milk is the best way to protect babies from coronavirus. “
‘MOTHER’S MILK PREVENTS DISEASES SUCH AS DIABETES, LEUKEMIA AND OBESITY’
Emphasizing that the biggest gift a mother can give to her baby is breast milk, Prof. Dr. Ayper Somer said, “The colostrum that comes in the first few days after birth is very valuable for the baby. All of the antibodies, that is, the protective substances that are formed as a result of the diseases and vaccinations the mother has had, are passed on to the baby. Infection does not occur in the first six months of breastfeeding babies. It is observed that the frequency of infection decreases in babies who are breastfed in the first two years. Breast milk also prevents diseases of our age such as diabetes, leukemia and obesity. “Breast milk prevents allergic diseases and asthma,” he said.