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COVID-19 - Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

Protect mom, baby, and young children

new! The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all children 5 years of age and older. While COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. In some situations, the complications from infection can lead to death. 

CDC recommends urgent action to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, were recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), are trying to become pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect from severe illness from COVID-19. 

COVID-19 vaccines are 100% free  - even if the individual does do not have insurance. HRSA offers no-cost COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccine information, including fact sheets to help both patients and providers understand their rights and responsibilities regarding access.

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updated: Key Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program (includes booster recommendation)

Previous Updates and Other Important Information

Find the latest information and tips from CDC for how those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or caring for young children* can protect themselves and their families, information about COVID-19 testing and vaccination before, during, and after pregnancy, and more about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and breastfeeding, including:

  • How pregnant women should protect themselves
  • Risks to the pregnancy and the baby
  • Mother-to-child transmission
  • Breastfeeding if you have COVID-19
  • Pumping/expressing milk if you have COVID-19

*resources also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese

CDC also offers COVID-19 related videos in their American Sign Language series, including Pregnancy and COVID-19, as well a Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents, and information about what to do if you are sick of caring for someone.

You can also find:

  • Communication resources in English and Spanish for general information that include a social media toolkit.
  • Communication Toolkit, available in multiple languages, for specific messaging targeting migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.
  • Videos, such as those on vaccine safety and side effects and public service announcements to tribal communities from Academy Award Recipient Wes Studi (also found on CDC's Tribal Communities COVID-19 page).
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