(ForEveryMom) We’re over a year and a half into COVID-19 and the presumed end of the pandemic has unfortunately been pushed back to sometime in 2022. Because of this, we know that we need to continue to do all that we can to protect pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and their babies, from getting the virus. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is approved for those 12 years of age and up, and I suspect that there won’t be approval for the vaccine in infants less than 6-12 months of age for quite a while (if ever).
Last fall it was unclear as to whether or not COVID-19 vaccination was a safe option for breastfeeding mothers. We now know that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe to get while breastfeeding and provides excellent protection to both mothers and babies from getting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) all recommend that breastfeeding mothers get vaccinated.