Detectable Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Human Breast Milk of a Mildly Symptomatic Patient With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Jan 23;72(1):128-130. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa673.


SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus and causative pathogen to the pandemic illness COVID-19. Although RNA has been detected in various clinical samples, no reports to date have documented SARS-CoV-2 in human milk. This case report describes an actively breastfeeding patient with COVID-19 infection with detectable viral RNA in human milk.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; breast-feeding; human milk.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • COVID-19*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Milk, Human
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2*