Are COVID-19 Vaccines Safe for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers? An Expert Weighs In

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). 

Jessica Madden
Jessica Madden
Dr. Madden is a board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist who has been taking care of newborn babies for over 15 years. She is currently on staff in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She also provides in-home newborn medicine and lactation support to new mamas and is currently working to become an IBCLC.

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