By Effie Koustas, MSPT
Now that we have a choice of two highly effective (94-95%) vaccines, with a third on the way, should you be vaccinated? If so, does that include pregnant and/or nursing moms? As always, there is no data on a pregnant woman, as she is not a candidate for clinical trials. The safety of her baby is unknown. Since they don’t know the benefits versus the risks, pregnant women should discuss vaccine safety with their own OB. As of now, the CDC is collecting data on 10,000 pregnant women, who are essential workers, who have opted to receive the vaccine. So far no adverse effects have been reported.
As for nursing mothers, according to the Academy of Breastfeeding medicine, there is little biological plausibility that the vaccine poses a risk to the infant.” There may be some benefit of the antibodies being transferred through the milk, which may offer some offer some level of protection to the baby. However, “The WHO specifically states that receiving the vaccine should not be a reason to stop breastfeeding.” Regardless, vaccination should be discussed with your healthcare provider to make the best possible decision for you, given your individual circumstances and comfort level. Stay safe everyone.