Breast Milk From Vaccinated Mothers Is Being Bought And Sold Online. Research Suggests It Helps In Boosting Immunity
Yes, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Yes, things are looking pretty bad. And yes, despite the dreary situation, people are trying to make the most of it. Not by embracing their own companies in quarantine, or learning to live with little and with gratitude, but also by milking opportunities in the name of corona. Quite literally, at that. We say this after coming across news where women have been trying to sell breast milk online, augmenting it by stating it contains covid antibodies.
A business model that has left us rather surprised, turns out a lot of women out there have begun to buy and sell breast milk online under the pretext that donors who have received the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could protect the baby with its antibodies.
One such vendor had written in his endorsement on website Only The Breast that, “Provide your baby with safe antibodies!” In another listing where a woman was providing milk for free, it was noted, “I received the full course of Pfizer’s covid vaccination, so it’s possible that there may be some added benefit transmitted.”
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With newer research coming up that shows how breast milk from vaccinated mothers contains COVID-19 antibodies and points to potential protection for infants, a lot of women have started to venture out into selling breast milk. One such seller, Tara from South Dakota shared, “I am willing to share if it’s going to, you know, make a mom feel better about her baby. “I know there’s not a ton of information about it in breast milk or, necessarily, how long between feedings the antibodies lasts or anything like that – but even if it’s for peace of mind.”
Emerging data about pregnant people has indicated the benefits of feeding from vaccinated mothers. a study published in late March by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that such breast milk generated a robust immunity response in pregnant and lactating women, and that antibodies were transferred via the placenta and milk.
Meanwhile authors of an Israel study on the same topic suggested that, “Antibodies found in breast milk of these women showed strong neutralizing effects, suggesting a potential protective effect against infection in the infant.”
Although there is still a lot of speculation and research undergoing the idea of using raw breast milk, for it is said to be capable of not just transferring antibodies but also diseases like HIV, the credibility if it is yet to be measured. But to see how people are trying to come up with ways to dance around coronavirus, is rather hopeful.
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