It is important to discuss any concerns with your healthcare professional who can deliver nutritional guidance and alternative medical care in order to support healthy breastfeeding. So, what about immunizations?
CDC Regulations for Vaccinations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that vaccines and immunizations given to a nursing mother do not affect the safety of breastfeeding for mothers or infants. In fact, the CDC actually recommends infants be vaccinated according to routine recommended schedules independent of feeding method (formula or breast milk).
You can visit the CDC website to view a list of immunizations including any necessary precautions where breastfeeding is concerned. Most items on the list are considered to have no effect on breastfeeding (with the exception of Yellow fever and Smallpox (Vaccinia) vaccinations).
Again, be sure to consult with your healthcare professional. Your physician can offer specific recommendations regarding vaccines and any other medical treatments while breastfeeding.
Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a great way to support healthy living from birth and provides lifelong benefits that extend into adulthood. Studies link breastfeeding to stronger immunity, cognitive development, and disease reduction. Research also suggests breastfeeding has significant health benefits for mothers too. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, women who breastfeed for two or more years reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 24 percent.
Consider a Breast Pump
If you are interested in breastfeeding, a breast pump can help you succeed in continuing your feedings even after returning to work or just when you aren’t available to feed your baby. Did you know that according to the new Affordable Care Act, insurance companies must provide a breast pump to new or expecting moms at little-to-no cost?
Aeroflow Breastpumps can quickly and easily help you qualify for your own breast pump. Simply submit your information through our three-step Qualify Through Insurance form and let our Breastpump Specialists take care of the rest. Your dedicated Specialist will work directly with your insurance company and healthcare provider to determine your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your pump options and shipment date.
Make the next step and submit your information today. You will be one step closer to creating a healthier life for you and your little one!