A member asked:

Do babies get antibodies in breast milk after mom gets a flu shot?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Whether these are really protective for the child is harder to prove. Breastfeeding is a personal decision looking at one's whole life situation. Best wishes.

Answered Jan 28, 2015


Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

The antibodies in breast milk are predominantly IgA, otherwise called gut antibody, because they help prevent germs from attaching & invading the gut wall. Mothers make IgG after a flu shot, and a little comes across in BM but not enough to be considered protective. If the kid is 6 mo they can get a flu shot.Before then we encourage any of their contacts to get one to "cocoon" baby in protection.

Answered Jan 12, 2018



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