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Is there anything I can take to help with a cold while breastfeeding?

Is there anything I can take to help with a cold while breastfeeding?

Yes: Pseudoehedrine is generally considered safe during breadtfeeding and very likely most effective for cold symptoms. It has been shown to possible decrease milk production though, so drink lots of water or fluids to help. It should only be used for short term, which most colds are. Phenylephrine is definitely safe and no effect on milk supply, but no terribly effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What cold medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding?

What cold medicines are safe to take while breastfeeding?

It depends: It depends on the cold medication and what is contained in it. The ingredients vary and it is best to speak to your obstetrician regarding the cold medication. ...Read more

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If a breastfeeding mum gets a cold/flu what should she take?

If a breastfeeding mum gets a cold/flu what should she take?

Rest, fluids, Motrin: Sorry to hear you are feeling sick. If your symptoms are caused by a cold virus, there aren't any special medicines needed. Your body will recover on its own, it just can take a week or so, especially if you are tired from caring for an infant! Drinking a lot of fluids, resting as much as possible, and using Ibuprofen for comfort (400mg every 6-8 hours as needed) can help! ...Read more

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Can i take dayquil cold and flu while breastfeeding?

Can i take dayquil cold and flu while breastfeeding?

Yes, although...: the older your baby is, the safer it will be. (if baby is less than 2 months old, more caution is advised). One of the ingredients (pseudoephedrine) has the potential to cause some irritability in baby and a decrease to your milk supply. As with any OTC medication while breastfeeding, take for the shortest duration possible, only as needed, and dose according to bottle instructions. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take cold medicine while breastfeeding?

Meds & Nursing: Decongestants, expectorants, & Acetaminophen are fine. Avoid all antihistamines (except loratidine) or they may dry up your milk. ...Read more

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What can I take for cough and colds with flu while i'm breastfeeding?

What can I take for cough and colds with flu while i'm breastfeeding?

Safe Options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! hydrate well. ...Read more

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Can i take Coricidin hbp while breastfeeding & if not what cold remedy options do I have?

Considered safe: This combination med is considered relatively safe during breast feeding.Of the coricidin preparations, the one without the chlorpheniramine has the least effect on decreasing milk volume. ...Read more

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Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can i take for persistent dry cough?

Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can i take for persistent dry cough?

Probably not: according to my reference Epocrates. Robitussin (guaifenesin) would be OK to take for your cough. A better choice may be to go see your primary care to see why you have a persistent dry cough. ...Read more