UW Health says pregnant or breastfeeding women should get COVID-19 vaccine

September 19, 2021 5:51 PM

Posted: September 19, 2021 5:51 PM

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT)- Doctors at UW-Health in Madison say people who are pregnant and breastfeeding should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Studies have shown that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for people who are pregnant and breastfeeding.

And recently several major experts and governmental organizations have made very strong recommendations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding to get the vaccine.

UW Health says all of the benefits outweigh the risks.

β€œPreventing new moms and parents from contracting COVID and getting severe symptoms that would prevent them from taking care of their newborn,” said Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Michael Beninati.

They also say for breastfeeding parents that getting the vaccine can build antibodies in breastmilk that can be passed to the infant.