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Can I get the COVID vaccine if I’m breastfeeding?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.


Sara Whetstone, MD, MHS explains that you can get the COVID vaccine and continue breastfeeding.


From what we know about the COVID-19 vaccine, we don’t think that there are significant safety concerns related to breastfeeding and receipt of the vaccine.

And according to those professional organizations, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there is no need to delay initiation or discontinue, breastfeeding upon getting the vaccine.

So, we think that individuals who are breastfeeding can get the vaccine and continue breastfeeding if that’s what works for them.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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