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National Breastfeeding Month

August is national breastfeeding month and to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby we will be publishing a video each week covering important breastfeeding topics.

 

This weeks topic is breastfeeding in the first 24 hours. 


Maternal and Child Symptoms Following COVID-19 Vaccination Among Breastfeeding Mothers

Results are in!!! What did we find out from 4,455 moms who chose to vaccinate while breastfeeding?
 
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InfantRisk Center Statement on COVID-19 Vaccinations

Similar to other medications, pregnant and/or breastfeeding women have not been widely included in studies to determine how well COVID-19 vaccines work or how safe they are. Based from research on women who chose to take the vaccine, we believe the risks that come with vaccination are low. The risk and benefit of the vaccine should be compared to each mother’s individual risk for getting COVID-19 as well as how well she is expected to tolerate the disease. Each mother and provider should discuss what choice fits their situation best. (Updated 7/13/21)

View COVID-19 Vaccination Information


Breastfeeding with COVID-19 – Safety and Guidelines

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, breastfeeding is still safe and highly recommended. Current guidelines from all of the major health organizations, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the CDC, are in agreement that mothers can and should breastfeed their newborns even if they are positive for COVID-19.

View COVID-19 Breastfeeding Guidelines

Research

Every year my center publishes drugs studies and with information about the transfer of selected drugs into their mothers milk. Take a look at these drugs and see if you might be willing to participate in one of these studies. They are really easy, just collect samples of your milk every few hours, freeze them,  and send them back to my laboratories. We pay for overnight mailing.

 

Participate in Research

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Use of Exparel in Breastfeeding Mothers

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Tobacco Use

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Psychiatric Conditions Surrounding Pregnancy

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Gestational Diabetes

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HYPOthyroidism and Pregnancy

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HYPERthyroidism in Pregnancy

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Depression in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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