I’m breastfeeding, should I get the vaccine?

Vaccination is a promising strategy for combating COVID-19. However, the trials testing the vaccines did not include pregnant or breastfeeding people. However, vaccines have been safely given to pregnant and lactating people for decades, even when those vaccines were not initially tested in pregnant or breastfeeding people.

I’m breastfeeding, can I get the vaccine? 

Professional societies of doctors who care for pregnant people recommend that any person who meets criteria for vaccination should be vaccinated, even if they are breastfeeding. Although lactating individuals were not allowed in the clinical trials, there are not any major safety concerns related to vaccination and breastfeeding. Based on experience with other vaccines, the benefits of vaccination outweigh the very small safety concerns. You do not have to delay or stop breastfeeding just because you get the vaccine.

On a personal note, more than one of our COVID-101 consortium members got the vaccine while breastfeeding!

December 22, 2020, 4:46 pm ET

Science review: GSN, ERS