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Vaccine to be withheld from breastfeeding mothers in England
Public health advocates are worried about the health impact, not just in the UK but globally, of new advice from Public Health England which could be a disincentive for women to breastfeed. It is important to note that the advice is precautionary and not based on evidence of harm from the virus, but on lack of evidence of its safety in this population.
WHO, UNICEF and others are working on this problem and we hope that a risk/benefit analysis will be available soon that will inform a communication strategy that will take into account the importance of breastfeeding and risks of replacement feeding – factors that are so often overlooked.
In its emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday night, the Food and Drug Administration took an unexpected step, leaving open the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women may opt for immunization against the coronavirus. …..Although no coronavirus vaccine has been studied in these women, many scientists believe the benefits will outweigh any potential risks. ….In its emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday night, the Food and Drug Administration took an unexpected step, leaving open the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women may opt for immunization against the coronavirus…..
Click here for WHO and UNICEF advice on COVID-19 and a repository compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health that provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, breastfeeding, infant feeding, and breast milk. Public Health England Guidance
Excerpt from the PHE Guidance 6th December
If you are breastfeeding you should wait until you have finished breastfeeding and then have the vaccine. If you were breastfeeding when you had the first dose you are advised not to have the second dose until you have finished breastfeeding.
This advice is precautionary until additional evidence is available to support the use of this vaccine in pregnancy and breastfeeding. It may then be possible to have the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Until that advice is changed you may be able to have one of the other COVID-19 vaccines that are expected.