Mothers are told to get vaccinated while pregnant for influenza and pertussis, which is Tdap, 3-shots-in-one. If a mother truly feels she needs these vaccines, perhaps after she births may be best; not exposing the unborn baby to harsh preservatives. According to the CDC she should also have MMR and Varicella, aka chicken pox, if she hasn't had it already. Varicella is a highly contagious vaccine. It's advised to avoid infants, elderly, and immune compromised. Did you know the CDC doesn't give the MMR until after a year because the baby receives a natural immunity through the Mother's Milk? Did you know Pertussis antibodies also are passed in Mother's Milk? If you get the shot it can take two weeks to develop antibodies. If your baby was exposed to a virus or disease and you breastfeed it only takes your body until the next feeding to protect your baby. If the CDC even says immunity is passed in breastfeeding, why aren't providers working harder to support an immune the system process that does work?
"A woman who has not received the new vaccine for the prevention of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) should be vaccinated right after delivery. Vaccinating a new mother against pertussis (whooping cough) reduces the risk to her infant too. Also, a woman who is not immune to measles, mumps and rubella and/or varicella (chicken pox) should be vaccinated before leaving the hospital. If inactivated influenza vaccine was not given during pregnancy, a woman should receive it now because it will protect her infant. LAIV may be an option" http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/downloads/f_preg.pdf
"Why is MMR vaccine given after the first birthday? Most infants born in the United States will receive passive protection against measles, mumps, and rubella in the form of antibodies from their mothers. These antibodies can destroy the vaccine virus if they are present when the vaccine is given and, thus, can cause the vaccine to be ineffective. By 12 months of age, almost all infants have lost this passive protection" (it's because most infants are weaned by this age. The American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP, and World Health Organization, WHO, say to breastfeed until the age of 2 or longer as both parties desire)
"By breastfeeding, you may pass some antibodies you have made in response to the vaccine to your baby. When you get a whooping cough vaccine during your pregnancy, you will have antibodies in your breast milk that you can share with your baby as soon as your milk comes in. However, your baby will not get protective antibodies immediately if you wait to get the whooping cough vaccine until after delivering your baby. This is because it takes about 2 weeks for your body to create antibodies"
"Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective against many illnesses, including painful ear infections, upper and lower respiratory ailments, allergies, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, staph, strep and e coli infections, diabetes, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, many childhood cancers, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, salmonella, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) as well as lifetime protection from Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, some lymphomas, insulin dependent diabetes, and for girls, breast and ovarian cancer."..."Through your breast milk, you give your baby immunities to illnesses to which you are immune and also those to which you have been exposed. Nursing also allows your baby to give germs to you so that your immune system can respond and can synthesize antibodies! This means that if your baby has come in contact with something which you have not, (s)he will pass these germs to you at the next nursing; during that feeding, your body will start to manufacture antibodies for that particular germ. By the time the next feeding arrives, your entire immune system will be working to provide immunities for you and your baby"