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Cold Medicine And Breastfeeding
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
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
I'm breastfeeding and I am catching a cold. What medicines are safe for baby? Also how do I keep him from catching my cold. He is only two months old.
Antibiotics: A doctor should be giving it to you to make sure the cause is treated. Most of the time a boil has to be drained for antibiotics to work and penetrate the area of infection. Just make sure quinolones and tetracyclines are not used. ...Read more
Little gets in milk: Over-the-counter natural cold remedies have ingredients that may get into breastmilk in very small amounts. So, a breastfeeding baby should not experience any changes in behavior. The cold remedies can include teas such as lemon, honey, or chamomile teas. Some adults use lozenges such as menthol, zinc, or vitamin c. However, natural "cold remedies" may or may not decrease cold symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to deal with flu while breastfeeding is there a safe medicine to take? And how can i protect my baby from infection ?
Influenza: A flu shot to help prevent flu is always a good choice. If you have the flu you can continue to breast feed but you may want to wear a mask and be careful to wash any areas that germs may have been exposed to. If your baby gets sick have her checked immediately. All the best and feel better. ...Read more
Is there an OTC medicine which is safe to take while breastfeeding that will alleviate sinus congestion?
May decrease milk: While it is safe to take otc medication, just like it can dry up the mucous in your nose, it can dry up your milk production as well. I recommend local/topical treatment like a nasal spray such as afrin, humidity, nasal saline drops, or warm/steamy beverages such as teas. Also make sure to get plenty of fluids yourself - both to keep mucous thin and ensure your milk supply. ...Read more
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