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Immunization and Breastfeeding

I'm breastfeeding my baby. Does he still need to be immunized?

Yes, your baby needs all of the recommended vaccines even when the mother is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding supplies your child with the best possible nutrition and even some antibodies from the mother. However, it will not protect him from infectious illnesses the way that immunizations do. Serious diseases such as polio, whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria are best prevented with vaccines. Your baby’s immune system will make its own antibodies and stimulate the blood cells to be ready to fight these illnesses.

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Immunizations &Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent's Guide (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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