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Can I take alka seltzer while breastfeeding

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: This is a group of products rather than one.Most are considered ok if the baby is healthy but the Aspirin containing forms should be avoided if baby ... Read More

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Alka seltzer: Once a day should present no problem.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Padma Bala
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Safe to breast feed: you can start breast feeding now. As Alka -seltzer plus only has sudafed and should not bother the child. It is safe.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
10-12 hours: As the drug is a combo of 3 meds: aspirin (probably unsafe with breast feeding), phenylepherine (safety profile unkown with breastfeeding) and chloeph... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Ask the baby: In all seriousness should not be an issue for you or baby.
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Wouldn't worry: If baby is otherwise healthy I would continue to feed and just avoid aspirin in the future. We don't like to expose kids with any viral illness becaus... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I wouldn't: The product contains aspirin which is disproportionately excreted in the breast milk at higher than expected levels. As a rule we do not expose childr... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
No waiting necessary: Allan Seltzer is a mild antacid which helps chemically neutralize the hydrochloric acid which is in your stomach. Your breast milk is an ultra filtrat... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not specifically: I'd use something else that is BF friendly in the future, but a single exposure in an otherwise well baby is not worth worrying about.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Michel
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Would not: There are certain meds in the cold and flu variety Would not take this and breast feed. Will not hurt the child long term but might make the child ir... Read More

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