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. 2020 May 30;ciaa673. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa673. Online ahead of print.


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; Human milk; SARS-CoV-2; breastfeeding.