COVID-19 Research

This is an URGENT call to support our work on COVID-19 (corona virus)!

Human milk can be a vector for viral transmission through breastfeeding, but also contains several anti-viral components that block viral diseases. At this point, we have very limited data on how breastfeeding and human milk bioactives impact COVID-19, but we need to find out immediately to help stop this pandemic. 

Together with several other labs and centers at UC San Diego and groups from around the world we work to answer the following questions:

  • Is the virus transmitted through breastfeeding? - UNLIKELY! - (visit our research updates)
  • Can human milk protect infants from COVID-19?
  • Can we identify human milk bioactives that protect from the virus and leverage that knowledge to develop novel antiviral therapeutics?
  • Are COVID vaccines transmitted through breastfeeding?
  • Are the COVID vaccine-trigger antibodies transmitted through breastfeeding and protect infants from COVID-19?
We URGENTLY need funds to expand this critical research! There is no time to write grant applications – we need to ACT NOW!

Even when the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over, we need to build an infrastructure that can answer these questions right away before the next virus emerges, which it will!

COVID-19 Research Updates

Breast milk is safe! Donor milk is safe! But many critical questions remain unanswered.

Explore our latest research updates


Questions about our research, how to collaborate with us, how to support us?


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