They say "Pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be seriously unwell than other healthy adults if they develop the Coronavirus."
Vertical transmission is when an infection is caught by the mother whilst pregnant and passed onto the baby through the placenta. A virus is usually tiny enough to do this and is why the flu vaccine is always offered to pregnant women as flu is also caused by a virus and can easily pass the placenta into baby.
Women protect their babies by producing antibodies to infections and passing these on to baby through the placenta.
Problems arise when the baby is born and no longer has this protection from every illness the mother has every had. The only way to remedy this lack of protection is to give new born babies their mothers own milk.
Human milk contains all the antibodies a baby needs to protect him or her from illnesses the mother has suffered in her lifetime. The only alternative: formula milk (made from cow milk) contains zero antibodies and offers no protection whatsoever.
It has been known for many decades that breast feeding your baby develops their immune systems to full capacity making them much less likely to develop Asthma, Eczema, Diabetes, Obesity and Food Allergies.
If a mother picks up the Coronavirus during or after her pregnancy, and then fights it off, the antibodies she produces will protect baby in the womb and whilst breast feeding.
What greater gift can a mother give to her baby during these uncertain times?
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