Preliminary studies, as well as experts, have recently suggested that it is highly likely that pregnant women are passing on antibodies to their offspring after being vaccinated. Whether the fetus is in the womb or the mothers are breastfeeding their babies, the transfer is taking place nonetheless.
The Sharee Zedek Medical Center, located in Jerusalem, was supposed to develop a protocol in order to care for all the infants, who were born from infected mothers. This was just at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, when the main focus of the doctors was to ensure that the babies were able to receive breast milk.
A neonatologist, who also happens to be the director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the medical center, Dr. Alona Bin-Nun, stated that specific guidelines were developed to protect the infants. These included instructing new mothers to wear a mask while they breastfed. However, it was becoming evidently clear to all the doctors and experts involved that any woman who contracted the virus, was going to develop antibodies against it. Consequently, these antibodies would be transferred on to their children, in the womb, or when breastfeeding.
It is generally also known that children attain various kinds of antibodies when they are nursed by their mothers. But, scientific literature on the matter of coronavirus is still not substantial enough to conclusively state this.
Researchers employed at the Providence Cancer Institute, located in Oregon, took to analyzing milk samples from six different mothers. Half of these women had been given the coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Moderna. The other half, however, received the Pfizer vaccine.
When the women were tested before being inoculated, their milk tested negative for the presence of antibodies. After the jab was administered, the milk spiked. Breast milk samples were taken from these mothers before vaccination, as well as at 11 different time-points. The last sample of these was taken 14 days after the second dose had been administered.
The babies were also supervised and observed at length, and no adverse effects were witnessed amongst them either.
A cancer immunologist, working at the Providence Portland Medical Center, located in Oregon, stated that the spike in antibodies first vegan climbing seven days after the first shot was administered. Shortly after, it began to dip.
Bin-Nun further noted that the number of mothers who participated, and were willing to take part in these trials, was limited. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed but, the data, as well as the preliminary studies, are pointing in the same direction.
According to Bin-Nun, further data and research is highly important but, for now, it can be said that recovered mothers, as well as those vaccinated, during pregnancy or while nursing, are more than likely to pass antibodies on to their children.
The placenta facilitates the transfer, and the rest are transferred at the time of lactation. Where this applies to antibodies, it can also be true for the coronavirus.