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Should I get the vaccine if I’m breastfeeding?

Yes!

The vaccine is safe for breastfeeding people and effective at preventing infection. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby a Covid infection.

Here’s where to find out where you can get vaccinated

Here is more information from the CDC about getting the vaccine when you are breastfeeding

Recent research has shown that out milk contains anti-bodies in response to the vaccine that we then are passing onto baby. This may help protect baby from infection!

Antibodies and T-cells stimulated by the vaccine may passively transfer into milk. Following vaccination against other viruses, IgA antibodies are detectable in milk within 5 to 7 days. Antibodies transferred into milk may therefore protect the infant from infection with SARS-CoV-2
-Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Currently the Covid vaccine is available for people aged 12 and up. There are clinical trials in place for ages 6 months to 12 years to determine safety. Experts think that we may have expanded use for younger children available this Fall.

If you do become infected with Covid-19 while breastfeeding the CDC has guidance for you.

WBW

Get ready!

We’ve been busy all day today setting up for the World Breastfeeding Week event
Saturday August 7th from 10am-12pm in the parking lot at 315 SW 4th Ave, Albany!
Stuffing gift bags and organizing to get ready for you to join us!



Help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Linn County Courthouse annex parking lot, 315 SW 4th St., Albany.


Sponsored by the Linn County WIC program (Women Infant Children). Numerous partners will have displays and gifts.
Partners include: Linn County Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Services, Linn County Maternal Child Health, Linn Benton Lincoln Breastfeeding Coalition, La Leche League, Snap-food stamps, Pollywog, Capitol Dental Care, Kidco Head Start, Midvalley Doulas, Samaritan Health Services.


Linn County Public Health will also have its mobile COVID vaccination van on-site. 

This year’s international theme is, “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated in 120 countries.


According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. Breastfeeding provides infants with essential nutrients to support growth and development. It acts as a child’s first vaccine and protects them from many common childhood diseases.

We can’t wait to see you!!

breastfeeding, milk supply

Top 3 Things To Do for Breastfeeding Success

  1. Start hand expression at 36 weeks if you are not at risk for preterm delivery

This builds up hormone receptors which help you to make the most milk!  It also gets you familiar with the technique which is super helpful to do at least 5 times a day after birth (for the first 2 weeks).  If you hand express into a clean container you can store the colostrum (early milk) in the freezer and bring it with you in case your baby needs a supplement after birth.

2. Golden Hour

Hold your baby skin-to-skin after delivery until baby has had their first meal.
It takes time to adjust to the outside world!  It’s so bright and loud and cold!  Let baby find their way to the breast and attach on their own –they can do it if we give them time.
Our bodies are also primed from labor to transfer the most colostrum in the first few hours, so make the most of it!

3. Have a Nursing Marathon for 3 days after birth

Feed often (at least 10 times per 24 hours) especially when baby is awake and calm, hold baby skin-to-skin as much as you can, and do hand expression at least 5 times per day after feeds.  This tells your body to make lots of milk and helps prevents swelling (which is also called engorgement).
Keeping baby close by will help everyone rest and recover. Snuggling baby often also reduces crying!

Megan Dunn, IBCLC