Is MMR Safe While Breastfeeding?
The MMR vaccine (officially known as M-M-R®
II) is used to prevent measles
, and rubella
. Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and several other notable organizations state that almost all vaccines -- including MMR -- do not affect the safety of breastfeeding, there is some concern that breastfeeding women who get the MMR vaccine might transmit the rubella virus
to their infants.
Possible Concerns With Breastfeeding and MMR
Research has demonstrated that the rubella vaccine
virus can pass through breast milk. Although this is unlikely to cause problems in most situations, there has been one reported case of infant rubella possibly caused by the breastfeeding mother getting the MMR vaccine.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about MMR and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.