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Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?

Which sleeping pills are safe while breastfeeding?

Not many: I don't think any of the prescription sleeping pills are safe. Otcs contain antihistamines that can decrease milk supply, so that's not ideal either. Perhaps the best "sleeping pill" would be warm milk, a relaxing massage, or snuggle time with your partner. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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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Might there be any sleeping pills that are safe while breastfeeding?

Might there be any sleeping pills that are safe while breastfeeding?

INSOMNIA: Problem sleeping and breastfeeding do not require any rx because of the many task involved. You will eventually get tired and fall sleep. Do not risk taking rx while breastfeeding to endanger your baby. ...Read more

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I've been reading on ecological breastfeeding and i'm curious - how practical is it? They say to even sleep with baby - is that even safe? pls explain

I've been reading on ecological breastfeeding and i'm curious - how practical is it? They say to even sleep with baby - is that even safe? pls explain

Cohabiting: Sleeping together is not recommended because of rolling onto the baby and obstructing breathing. Adults sleeping with their child have been the cause of asphyxiation. Better to be safe. A 3rd bed attachment can be placed beside the bed. Remember back to sleep! All the best in keeping your baby safe. ...Read more

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Is melatonin (3mg) safe to take while breastfeeding my 7mth old? I have come down with insomnia, and want to know what is safe to aid sleep

Is melatonin (3mg) safe to take while breastfeeding my 7mth old? I have come down with insomnia, and want to know what is safe to aid sleep

No good data: Melatonin is from the brains of many dead animals, who really knows their health status or if they were infected with some strange virus? Agriculture is far from hygienic. I would avoid this product. The supplements are not regulated in any significant way.......For purity, country of origin, look up the consumer's reports study on echinacea......... ...Read more

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I'm currently breastfeeding my 9 month old. Having trouble sleeping and anxiety. Is Valerian root safe to take at night? Baby doesn't nurse at night.

I'm currently breastfeeding my 9 month old. Having trouble sleeping and anxiety.  Is Valerian root safe to take at night? Baby doesn't nurse at night.

Not recommended: Herbal products are not regulated and often contain other substances in addition to the herb listed. It is not recommended to be used while breast feeding, but it is not an absolute contraindication. Have you spoke with your doctor about your symptoms? An Rx like hydroxyzine may work well for you and is safe for children. ...Read more

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I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

Talk to your doctor : In general it is not a good idea to take psychotropic medications while breastfeeding. You will have to see your doctor for an assessment. You and your doctor will have to discuss your options based on the severity of your symptoms and the overall risk-benefit ratio. I have recommended non-pharmacologic interventions while breastfeeding such as psychotherapy and relaxation tapes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 1/4 (or even less) of a doxylamine tablet to help me fall asleep if i'm breastfeeding my 8 month old son? (this is a last resort)

Is it safe to take 1/4 (or even less) of a doxylamine tablet to help me fall asleep if i'm breastfeeding my 8 month old son? (this is a last resort)

Breast feeding: Doxylamine does get into breast milk and there aren't any real studies showing safety in breastfeeding. In addition at least one of the manufacturers says its contraindicated in breastfeeding. Have you tried sleepy time tea yet? ...Read more

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What can I take to help me sleep while breastfeeding. My baby sleeps well but i often wake and struggle to return to sleep because i feel anxious.

Talk to O B: No reason to feel anxious you and your baby are doing fine. Talk to your OB for help. And do not sleep with your baby in the same bed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more