COVID-19 VACCINE & BREASTFEEDING
The benefits of taking the vaccine are exponentially greater than the risks of not. But of course there are still those of us who vacillate between should we and may be we should not. So, here's an effort on our part to dispel a few myths surrounding Covid-19 vaccines and breastfeeding.
There are 3 types of vaccines in India:
3. Sputnik V
All vaccines available in India have been approved by medical authorities. Currently, Sputnik V is available only in select cities in India.
***PREPARING FOR THE SHOT
- Rest well
- Eat a balanced meal
- Void your bladder before you leave for the centre (this is just so you don't have to visit the lavatory at the centre)
- Nurse/pump before you leave
- Charge your mobile phone (in case you are leaving your child with your caregiver, they should be able to reach you in case of an emergency)
- Double mask & carry sanitiser
- Limit conversation
- Maintain 6ft distance
***ONCE YOU'RE HOME
You can feed your baby immediately. We recommend a shower first only for hygiene and safety reasons.
- Eat well
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take ample rest
- Pain in the arm you got the shot
- Body ache
- Slight cold
- Throat irritation
***THE ANTIBODIES DEBATE
Antibodies may be passed to your baby through breastmilk.
Please continue to nurse/pump and feed your baby after you take the shot, unless told not to by your healthcare provider.
Taking the Covid-19 vaccine doesn't make you immune to the virus. You can still contract the virus and/or be a carrier and spread the virus to those around.
Please continue to follow ALL safety protocols as mandated by the government of India and WHO guidelines.
You must also be sure to keep up with your baby's vaccination schedule.
It is important to speak to your healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication, especially when you're breastfeeding. A lot of people advice on taking external supplements like calcium and zinc. This may not be necessary, if your child is already taking these supplement drops. Nevertheless, please speak to your healthcare provider.
You can always add the following to your diet (vaccinated or not)!
Homemade curd for Probiotics
Green veggies for Iron
Eggs, meat, sprouts for Protein
***WORRIED ABOUT SUPPLY?
There is no evidence that suggests your supply will go down if you take the shot. Even if your supply is affected, it will only be temporary. Continue to nurse/pump/hand-express to keep up the supply.
Unless advised by your healthcare provider, please do not stop feeding your baby. Do not take over-the-counter medication to increase supply.
***IMPORTANT!!!If you are bringing your baby with you to the vaccination centre, please speak to your paediatrician to understand the best course of safety and protection.
As is the case with any medication, please consult your healthcare provider amd follow what's best for you, especially if you're breastfeeding, pregnant, and/or have any co-morbidities.
The Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Society of India has recommended that obstetricians, gynaecologists and healthcare providers should be allowed to administer COVID-19 vaccines to pregnant and breastfeeding persons.
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