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The COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency the magnitude of which has not been encountered for a century. The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. 

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Questions about the use of vaccines during breastfeeding are common. This column reviews the evidence and recommendations for administration of vaccines to nursing mothers. References and more detail can be found in LactMed and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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This statement recommends the promotion of breastfeeding and parent-infant bonding, and avoidance of parent-infant separation whenever possible.

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