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Does my baby need vaccines if I am breastfeeding?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Breast milk is a wonderful source of immune factors for the infant.
But, the transferred immunity is far from a perfect shield against infection. Immunizations safely help boost the baby's immune system to protect against serious life threatening diseases, such as whooping cough and hib disease.

In brief: Absolutely
Breast milk is a wonderful source of immune factors for the infant.
But, the transferred immunity is far from a perfect shield against infection. Immunizations safely help boost the baby's immune system to protect against serious life threatening diseases, such as whooping cough and hib disease.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Your baby can use special proteins in your milk called anitbodies to fight off bacteria and viruses.
These swallowed proteins help protect your baby, but they only last as long as you're breastfeeding. When you baby gets a vaccine his body makes his own antibodies which gives him stronger protection that lasts for years to come. So its best to breastfeed and immunize.

In brief: Yes
Your baby can use special proteins in your milk called anitbodies to fight off bacteria and viruses.
These swallowed proteins help protect your baby, but they only last as long as you're breastfeeding. When you baby gets a vaccine his body makes his own antibodies which gives him stronger protection that lasts for years to come. So its best to breastfeed and immunize.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Babies need to get their vaccines, regardless of whether they are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.

In brief: Yes
Babies need to get their vaccines, regardless of whether they are breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Breastmilk has very important maternal antibodies to help your baby fight off some infections in the beginning of their life but it does not protect against the diseases that vaccines do.
It is very important for your child to get his/her vaccinations on time in order to have the best immunity against serious diseases.

In brief: Yes
Breastmilk has very important maternal antibodies to help your baby fight off some infections in the beginning of their life but it does not protect against the diseases that vaccines do.
It is very important for your child to get his/her vaccinations on time in order to have the best immunity against serious diseases.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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