In a recent revelation, a study involving lactating women who received the COVID vaccine has uncovered surprising results. Contrary to previous assertions by government health authorities and vaccine advocates, trace amounts of mRNA were detected in the breast milk of ten women up to 45 hours after vaccination.
This discovery contradicts the long-held belief that mRNA from the COVID vaccine did not travel throughout the body, particularly into breast tissue.
The study, titled “Biodistribution of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Human Breast Milk,” and published in the October 2023 edition of the British medical journal Lancet, suggests that COVID-19 vaccine mRNA administered to lactating mothers can systematically spread to breast milk within the first two days after vaccination.
This revelation challenges the prevailing narrative about the safety of mRNA vaccines for breastfeeding mothers and their infants.
Interestingly, a 2022 study published in JAMA was the first to find traces of mRNA in women’s breast milk.
While the authors of the Lancet study maintain their support for COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, emphasizing their essential role in combating SARS-CoV-2 infection, they now urge caution. They suggest that healthcare providers engage in a dialogue with breastfeeding mothers to address the benefit-to-risk considerations of breastfeeding in the initial two days following maternal mRNA vaccination.
They stress that the significance of this research extends beyond COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, offering valuable insights into the presence and transport of vaccine mRNA in breast milk, relevant for assessing the safety and effectiveness of future mRNA-based therapies administered to lactating women.
In response to this study, COVID-19 dissident journalists, who have been critical of government and media narratives surrounding the COVID vaccine and have decried efforts to suppress alternative viewpoints as “misinformation,” were quick to react.
Michael Shellenberger posted an excerpt from an article by Alex Gutentag, published behind a paywall, on his PUBLIC Substack. The headline, “Covid Vaccine mRNA In Breast Milk Shows CDC Lied About Safety,” and the subhead, “US government lacked scientific evidence before recommending mRNA vaccines to pregnant and breastfeeding women; Facebook censored those sharing accurate information,” underscore the concerns raised by this study.
Gutentag’s article counters previous assurances by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that it is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, emphasizing potential benefits for both mother and baby. The CDC, along with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, had repeatedly encouraged vaccination, asserting that the injected mRNA remained localized in the arm and did not circulate throughout the body.
However, this pivotal Lancet study challenges these assertions, suggesting that the presence of mRNA in breast milk was not accurately addressed.
It is important to note that mRNA, as defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute, plays a vital role in protein synthesis by carrying genetic information from DNA to the cell’s cytoplasm. This process is integral to the production of proteins within the cell.
Despite these revelations, the CDC’s informational page, “COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding,” still recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals, including pregnant and breastfeeding women. The page cites available data indicating no severe reactions in either the breastfeeding individual or their baby after vaccination. It further emphasizes the absence of evidence suggesting harm from COVID-19 vaccines to breastfeeding people or their infants.
The page concludes that vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in breastfeeding individuals and highlights recent reports indicating the presence of antibodies in breast milk, which could potentially protect infants. However, it acknowledges that further research is needed to determine the extent of this protection.
While the CDC’s recommendations are still in place, it is clear that the Lancet study has raised questions and sparked debates about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for breastfeeding mothers. The ongoing dialogue among healthcare providers, scientists, and the public will be crucial in addressing these complex issues.