COVID-19, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding

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Current research shows that pregnant people who contract COVID-19 are at greater risk of serious complications. Fortunately, there is growing data that indicates the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for pregnant people. This FAQ answers many concerns a pregnant person may have about COVID-19 and their pregnancy.

“Studies suggest that COVID-19 does not pass through breast milk and does not cause infection in the baby. Most information shows that it is safe to feed breast milk to your baby when you have COVID-19. Remember that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. Breast milk also helps protect babies from infections, including infections of the ears, lungs, and digestive system. For these reasons, having COVID-19 should not stop you from giving your baby breast milk.”