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A 26-year-old female asked:

Starting to get a cold, i'm exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old baby what can i take for this cold and what to do so my baby doesn't get sick?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Colds+breastfeeding: Avoid taking decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (the D component in combo antihistamine-decongestant) as that will decrease breast milk production. Antihistamines such as zyrtec, allegra or claritin are fine. Your body is creating antibodies against the cold which will be excreted into the breastmilk. Your baby may end up with a cold but no need to stop breastfeeding.

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Last updated Mar 11, 2017

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