Sumary of No serious COVID-19 vaccine side effects in breastfeeding moms, infants, study finds:
- however, the early trials excluded lactating women, leading to questions about their safety in this specific population.
- “A mother’s first concern is the safety of her child,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and professor in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science.
- Additionally, following the second dose of vaccine, women who received the Moderna brand were significantly more likely to report symptoms.
- A small proportion of women following the first dose of either vaccine brand reported a reduction in milk supply, and significantly more women reported a reduction in milk supply following the second dose of Moderna.
- “We want to emphasize that the reduction in milk supply was in a small subset of women and came back fully within 72 hours after vaccination.
- Breast milk provides an abundance of nutritional components to infants that provide many health benefits, from stronger immune systems to lower rates of obesity and other conditions and illnesses,” said Chambers.
- “Our results should encourage lactating women to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to continue to breastfeed their infants.