COVID-19 during lactation or breast/chest feeding:
Human milk and direct breast/chest feeding are still the best nutrition for infants and can provide antibodies and protection against many illnesses. Per the CDC, human milk is not a likely source of COVID-19 infection.
If you are currently lactating and experiencing symptoms or are suspected of a COVID-19 infection please
- Wash your hands prior to holding and feeding your baby
- Wear a face mask while feeding or in close contact with your baby
- Wash your hands before touching pump parts and clean all parts thoroughly after all uses.
For more detailed information about specific circumstances please see the CDC’s “Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Breastfeeding”
COVID-19 Vaccine while lactating:
Deciding whether or not to vaccinate for COVID-19 while lactating is an extremely personal choice. Pregnant and lactating individuals were not included in trials for the vaccine thus definitive data on safety during lactation are not known for sure at this time. HCLC recommends that you review the links below and make an appointment with your provider to discuss if you are considering the COVID-19 vaccine.
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology “Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19” https://www.acog.org/en/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/articles/2020/12/vaccinating-Pregnant-and-Lactating-Patients-Against-COVID-19
Infant Risk Center “COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding” https://www.infantrisk.com/covid-19-vaccine-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine “Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Lactation” https://www.bfmed.org/abm-statement-considerations-for-covid-19-vaccination-in-lactation