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If you are breastfeeding, your healthcare provider may recommend postponing your vaccination with Cervarix (Human Papillomavirus Bivalent [Types 16 and 18] Vaccine, Recombinant). Although the vaccine is not expected to cause problems in nursing women or their children, there may be risks that are unknown at this time. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of Cervarix in your particular situation.

Can I Get Cervarix While Breastfeeding?

Cervarix® (Human Papillomavirus Bivalent [Types 16 and 18] Vaccine, Recombinant) is a vaccine approved to prevent cervical cancer and precancerous cervical lesions. Although there is no reason to suspect that Cervarix would cause problems for a breastfeeding woman or her infant, be sure to check with your healthcare provider (and perhaps your child's healthcare provider) before receiving this vaccine if you are nursing a child.
 
At this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines. However, there may be some currently unknown, unforeseeable risk to the child. For this reason, your healthcare provider may recommend postponing this vaccine until you are no longer breastfeeding.
 
If your healthcare provider feels that the potential benefits of Cervarix outweigh the unknown risks in your particular situation, he or she might recommend you receive the vaccine while breastfeeding.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Breastfeeding and Cervarix

If you are thinking about getting Cervarix while breastfeeding, discuss the issue 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.
 
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