COVID-19 immune response markers in breastmilk

Breastmilk Research to Help Understand COVID-19

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Are you breastfeeding and have you been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 or do you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of smell or taste?

Please consider participating in this study of breastmilk from mother with COVID-19

You can see our blog post on breastfeeding and COVID 19.

Studying the antibodies and immune cells in breastmilk to understand their protective effects against COVID 19

Little is known about the effects on breastmilk of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 illness, however, the few studies completed to date suggest that the virus is not present in breastmilk collected immediately after birth.

It is thought that antibodies produced in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection are present in breastmilk and may help protect the breastfed baby. There is general agreement that women diagnosed with COVID-19 should continue to breastfeed.

At present we don’t know what COVID19-related antibodies are present in milk, when they appear, and how long they are present. Your  participation and donation of breastmilk will help us answer these questions.

We want to determine the immune response to COVID-19 infection that is present in breastmilk of women. We are especially interested in determining the time-course of the antibody response. To do this we will compare breastmilk from women diagnosed with COVID-19 to milk collected from women who did not have COVID-19.

Lactating women eligible for our COVID-19 research

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are looking for breastfeeding mothers who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms to participate in a breastmilk study. Mothers can live anywhere in the continental US. Compensation will be provided.

How nursing moms can join the Umass Amherst SARS-CoV2 study


Dr. Kathleen Arcaro

(413) 545-0813