Engerix-B and Breastfeeding
Hepatitis B vaccines such as Engerix-B are safe for nursing mothers and their infants. Early research even suggests that vaccines could work better in infants who are breastfed. However, your child will still need to get the vaccine individually. If you are about getting Engerix-B and are breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider to determine the best dosing schedule.
Is Engerix-B Safe While Breastfeeding?Engerix-B® is a hepatitis B vaccine that is considered safe to receive while breastfeeding. Both mothers and children (even newborns) can receive this vaccine.
Current Recommendations on Breastfeeding and Engerix-B
Current recommendations state that hepatitis B vaccines like Engerix-B do not interfere with a woman's ability to safely breastfeed her child. In addition, breastfeeding will not reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine for either mother or child.
There is even a little early research indicating that infants who breastfeed may have an enhanced immune response to certain vaccine antigens. Theoretically, this could mean that vaccines may work better in nursing infants.
Vaccinating the mother does not provide sufficient protection for the infant. If necessary, both mother and child should be vaccinated with Engerix-B. Breastfed infants should receive this and other vaccines according to standard schedules.
Talking With Your Healthcare ProviderYou should discuss breastfeeding and Engerix-B with your healthcare provider. 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.