This is indicated by several posts on social networks, shared several thousand times that Pfizer does not recommend its vaccine if you are breastfeeding. May 4th, in the show Don’t Touch My TV!Marc Doyer, invited to speak about his wife who died the day before due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, said: “You have, a few days ago, Pfizer that says that women who are about to breastfeed should not be vaccinated while three or four months ago the Minister of Health is very proud on TV to vaccinate a pregnant woman“.
All this information is taken out of context and is therefore false.
To say this, all these people rely on the screenshot of a document presented as “Published by Pfizer”. The author of one of the posts explains that this screenshot comes from the documents “declassified by Pfizer “. Since the beginning of January, a Texas federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release all the data the FDA relied on to approve Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. Some of this data is freely available on the Internet and is regularly accompanied by often false and out-of-context analyzes under the hashtag “PfizerGate“.
We read in this screenshot that “for women of childbearing potential, pregnancy should be excluded prior to vaccination and women of childbearing potential are advised not to avoid pregnancy for at least two months after the second dose“. Regarding breastfeeding, we indicate that we”It is not known whether COVID-19 BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine passes into breast milk and a risk to newborns and infants cannot be excluded, therefore the vaccine should not be used during breastfeeding.“
This screenshot is from a document written by the UK medicines regulators at the time Pfizer vaccine entered the UK market on 8 December 2020. At the time, this category of the population was simply not eligible for vaccination. . In fact, pregnant women were not part of the clinical trials and, in the face of a lack of data, it was still impossible to recommend their vaccination safely. For example, in France, the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) initially decided not to include pregnant women in its vaccination campaign.due to lack of data on this population“. To find the original document, currently shared on social networks, we used the” WaybackMachine “, a site that archives modified or deleted web pages.
Since then, the UK authorities have changed their information document relating to the vaccine produced by Pfizer. The latest version, from May 5, 2022, reads “that administration of the COVID-19 BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine during pregnancy should only be considered when the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks to the mother and fetus.“Regarding breastfeeding, we report that we”it is not known whether COVID-19 BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine is excreted in human milk. ” There is therefore no longer any contraindication to vaccination during pregnancy and lactation, as well as the potential risk to the baby.
The British health authorities, like most of the world health authorities, update their recommendations based on the evolution of the data communicated to them. For example, currently the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates this “Vaccinating a breastfeeding mother against COVID-19 poses no risk to her child“and that she”it can also help protect their baby from virus infection“. In France, the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) also recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women and indicates that”To date, no signs have been identified in pregnant and lactating women with all Covid-19 vaccines available in France..