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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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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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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?

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?

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. ...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

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Can you take L Lysene when experiencing a cold sore while breastfeeding?

Can you take L Lysene when experiencing a cold sore while breastfeeding?

Valtrex (valacyclovir) is the : safest effective anti-Herpes Simplex medication to take when breastfeeding. Your doctor must prescribe it. If your baby is not yet 2 months old, do not kiss him or let him touch your "cold sore". Use good hand washing techniques. Talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned about possible accidental transmission of the virus to your infant. ...Read more

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I have a severe cold and still breastfeeding my 17 months old som.Is it safe to take theraflu cold night and daytime hot powder drink?

I have a severe cold and still breastfeeding my 17 months old som.Is it safe to take theraflu cold night and daytime hot powder drink?

Some of the....: .....Ingredients in theraflu come through in breast milk. As with all drugs taken while breast feeding, only use them if you absolutely need them. The benefits need to outweigh the risks. And it's never a bad idea to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Im breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough.What safe medication could i take beside vitc.Is comitrex safe?Thanks

Im breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough.What safe medication could i take beside vitc.Is comitrex safe?Thanks

OTC antihistamines: When you are breastfeeding, you can generally take meds that were allowed during your pregnancy. You may be able to take over-the-counter antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) without any risk. Drink lots of fluids and use saline in your nose. Call your doctor if you have a fever >101 or not improving. ...Read more

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Im a breastfeeding mom to a 2 1/2 month old. Ive been dealing with headaches from a cold of sinus's. is it ok to take dayquil?

Im a breastfeeding mom to a 2 1/2 month old. Ive been dealing with headaches from a cold of sinus's. is it ok to take dayquil?

Breastfeeding: You must balance the possibility of your child having side effects from medication in his food with the amount of relief you may have from the medication. Try a steamy shower, hot beverages, drink plenty of fluids and try to rest if at all possible. ...Read more

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I am a breast feed mother I have cold can I take antibiotic during breast feeding?

I am a breast feed mother I have cold can I take antibiotic during breast feeding?

Depends: The general rule is if i would use it for a baby it is ok for use in a breast feeding mother. We exclude sulfa drugs in the first 2 months and drugs like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) that are not generally used in childhood.Just tell the doc you are breastfeeding and they should sort that out, or ask again when you know which one is being considered. ...Read more