Can I take over the counter medicines when I'm not feeling well and still nurse...

Romina - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Specifically can I take Robitussin DM, ColdEeze, Zinc Lozenges and still nurse??? All the product inserts for these say to consult your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing... anyone know?

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Allison - posted on 02/18/2009




There are definitely a variety of things you can take - but *anything* with a decongestant can cause your milk to dry up (that's what a decongestant does is dry up the fluids in your body). So, try to avoid decongestants, but if you have to take some make sure you are drinking tons of water to compensate. Also try:

A vaporizer in your room at night (hot water making steam)

Hot showers to loosen up mucus

Sinus massages

Tea with lemon and honey

Plenty of fluids

REST! as much as you can

I hope you feel better soon!

Romina - posted on 02/18/2009




this is the first time i'm using this "circle of moms" group and am so happy with your thoughtful and quick responses...  makes me feel better just to be informed...  thx.

Shanyn - posted on 02/18/2009




Yep, what Jennifer said. :) Zinc is just fine and you can also take pretty high amounts of vitamin C as well. Echinacea is also fine. Hope you feel better soon!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009




Robitussin DM-the pharmacist said that you can, but to limit the effects on the baby, try to tak eit as soon as you finish feeding so that most of it is out of your system by the next feed.

You can always call your pharmacist or your ped just to make sure about any med out there.

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