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

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Not enough

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.

In brief: Not enough

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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Yes

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.

In brief: Yes

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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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