American Academy of Pediatrics

AP FACT CHECK: CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story

A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency named in the false reports, encourages breast-feeding . The CDC says breast milk is best for all infants except in rare cases such as when a mother has active, untreated tuberculosis.

"There is no recommendation from the CDC or the (American Academy of Pediatrics) that mothers delay breast-feeding to enhance vaccine efficacy," said Dr. Joan Younger Meek, a Tallahassee, Florida, physician who chairs a breast-feeding panel for the pediatricians group.

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