What you need to know about getting the COVID vaccine while breastfeeding
At Athens ObGyn, our physicians know that many of our patients have questions about getting the COVID vaccine while breastfeeding. Do the benefits outweigh any potential risks? This is a personal decision that every woman needs to make for herself. Our own Dr. Meredith Bolton, who is also a breastfeeding mother, recently decided that getting the coronavirus vaccine was right for her. This is based on her research, which included reviewing recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Read on as our doctors discuss what we know about the COVID vaccine and breastfeeding. This information can help you determine whether getting the vaccine is right for you.
What we know about getting the COVID vaccine while breastfeeding
The COVID vaccine is still relatively new, and different organizations continue to update their guidelines about who should receive the shot. However, we do know a few things about this vaccination that can help you determine whether you should get it while breastfeeding.
- The COVID vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, so it doesn’t contain the live virus.
- Many medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), state that the vaccine shouldn’t be withheld from breastfeeding mothers who meet the criteria to receive the vaccination.
Dr. Bolton reviewed the available information about getting the COVID vaccine while breastfeeding and determined that getting vaccinated was the right move for her.
However, the decision to get the COVID vaccination is very personal. Additionally, no two women are the same. As a result, we recommend talking to your doctor so that you can make a decision that makes you feel comfortable and safe.
Preventing COVID is important for everyone
Regardless of whether you choose to get the COVID vaccine while breastfeeding, it’s important to take steps to prevent COVID. All the same advice you’ve heard since the beginning of the pandemic still applies, even if you do get the vaccine.
- Always wear a mask when in public and continue to maintain social distance of at least six feet.
- Be sure to wash your hands carefully with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your face when you’re outside the home and haven’t washed your hands.
If you have other questions, contact us to discuss the COVID vaccination. Our team can help you make the best decision for you and your family.