COVID-19 - Breastfeeding and Pregnancy

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Protect mom and baby

new! There are a number of COVID-19 vaccination considerations for pregnant women*. Pregnant women who are part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may wish to discuss getting vaccinated with their healthcare provider.

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To help protect mom and baby, the CDC advises that pregnant women get the recommended vaccines (those unrelated to the coronavirus), which are important before as well as during and after pregnancy. (Need some encouragement and reassurance tips to pass along? Check out the Top 7 Things you Need to Know, also available in Spanish.)

Pregnant women might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people.

During the pandemic, parents and caretakers of babies may experience increased stress and fatigue that could affect their ability to ensure that their baby is sleeping safely. Learn more about, and educate your participants on reducing the risk of SIDS.

Find this and 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

CDC also offers two videos in their American Sign Language series:

as well as general information about how to protect yourself and others, considerations for wearing masks, a Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents, and what to do if you are sick of caring for someone.

You can also find information about visiting parks and recreational facilities, social distancing, and communication resources in English and Spanish for general information that include a social media toolkit and a number of videos, such as those on stopping the spread of germs and public service announcements to tribal communities from Academy Award Recipient Wes Studi (also found on CDC's Tribal Communities COVID-19 page).

Check out the Communication Toolkit, available in multiple languagesfor specific messaging targeting migrants, refugees, and other limited-English-proficient populations.


*available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese