Varivax and Breastfeeding
Studies on breastfeeding and Varivax show that the virus from the vaccine is not transmitted through breast milk. Multiple sources consider the vaccine to be compatible with breastfeeding. Although problems are not likely to occur, nursing women should still consult their healthcare providers before getting vaccinated.
Is Varivax Safe While Breastfeeding?
Varivax® (varicella vaccine) is a chickenpox vaccine. It is considered safe to get vaccinated while breastfeeding.
Current Recommendations on Breastfeeding and Varivax
Research suggests that the varicella virus (from the vaccine) is not transmitted through breast milk. Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics consider this vaccine to be compatible with breastfeeding.
Since this vaccine should not be given to pregnant women, women who are susceptible to chickenpox (who have had neither the infection nor the vaccine) may want to get Varivax shortly after giving birth.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and Varivax. 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 about Varivax and breastfeeding that is right for you.