Using COVID-19 vaccines in breastfeeding women

Laura Kearney, Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished

Information concerning COVID-19 vaccination in breastfeeding women

Vaccination in breastfeeding women

Women may receive COVID-19 vaccines and continue to breastfeed.

As there is no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines during breastfeeding the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises that breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.

The JCVI state that the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for immunisation against COVID-19, and the woman should be informed about the absence of safety data for the vaccine in breastfeeding women. According to Public Health England advice women may decide to finish breastfeeding before having the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can find more information in the Public Health England’s Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (The Green book) and advice from Public Health England.