Breastfeeding and the COVID-19 Vaccine

With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming more available to the general population, many families have reached out with questions.  Is it safe to receive it while breastfeeding?  If so, does it offer any protection to the baby?

The bottom line is we don’t know yet.  Studies are ongoing but, based on the science behind them, mRNA vaccines (like the Pfizer and Moderna shots) are not believed to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant.  Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) agree that the COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to lactating women.  There is even the likely possibility that antibodies your body makes against COVID-19 will pass to your infant through your breastmilk and offer protection.

Data is being constantly collected and information is being updated daily.  Follow up with the links above to get the most current recommendations and always discuss your questions or concerns with your physician.