What should Employers do to keep breastfeeding employees safe during COVID 19?

If a refrigerator is not available or you prefer to keep your milk with you during the COVID-19 pandemic, your employer must allow you to bring a cooler to work, even if employees are normally prohibited from carrying outside bags.

Are COVID-19 antibodies passed through breast milk?

Nursing mothers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine may pass protective antibodies to their babies through breast milk for at least 80 days following vaccination, suggests new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Breastfeeding is particularly effective against infectious diseases because it strengthens the immune system by directly transferring antibodies from the mother. As with all confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, mothers with any symptoms who are breastfeeding or practicing skin-to-skin contact should take precautions.

Are antibodies from the COVID-19 vaccine passed from mother to child?

Vaccine-generated antibodies were also present in all umbilical cord blood and breast milk samples taken from the study, showing the transfer of antibodies from mothers to newborns.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?

While there have been no specific studies in these groups, there is no contraindication to receipt of the vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should discuss potential benefits and risks of vaccination with their healthcare provider.

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Can I be forced to work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Generally, your employer may require you to come to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some government emergency orders may affect which businesses can remain open during the pandemic. Under federal law, you are entitled to a safe workplace. Your employer must provide a safe and healthful workplace.

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