There are concerns regarding the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) from mother to child during this COVID pandemic . This descriptive study was done to check the possible transmission of the virus through breastfeeding in the Indian context . RT-qPCR for SARS-CoV-2 was done in breast milk samples from 30 COVID-positive mothers . Paired oropharyngeal swabs of the same neonates were also sent for RT-PCR at 48 h and on day 5 of life . All the breast milk samples were negative for SARS-CoV-2 except one . A repeat sample of breast milk from the same mother was also negative when rechecked the next day . All the paired neonatal oropharyngeal swabs were also negative for SARS-CoV-2 . The authors could not find evidence for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from mother to child through breastmilk in the population studied.
Index: Breast milk, COVID-19, Pandemic, SARS-CoV-2