“I am fully vaccinated with two kids at home who are not currently eligible for the vaccine. I’m currently breastfeeding my 3-month-old and have read a few posts on social media and in various parenting forums about moms sneaking breast milk into their toddler’s food so that they can receive antibodies. Is this something that’s worth doing?”
I’ve heard from many parents recently who are feeling a sense of desperation right now—those with a child or children not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are feeling particularly anxious. Pfizer recently announced plans to seek Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months to five years old, but as of now the outcome remains a waiting game.
In the meantime, many parents are plagued with worry and the struggles of having a vulnerable child at home. Parents are sharing their sheer burnout from following frequent testing protocols, constantly being required to keep children home from school or out of home childcare centers, potentially missing work, or trying to juggle it all…it’s physically and emotionally exhausting.
The question about whether a lactating mom should sneak breast milk into her toddler’s food is an interesting one. I have to applaud the ingenuity! While I can’t think of any harm in doing this, I am unaware of any published scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of this method.