I am a breast feeding mother who is feeling quite under the weather. I'm not sure if it's a cold or the flu but I'd love to take some medication to make me feel well again. Before I became pregnant Nyquil and Dayquil were the medications that all had the best results for me. Are they safe for my baby now that I'm breast feeding?
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Colleen - posted on 12/02/2008
Do some research but my grandmother recommended 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar in water as an alternative. My boys and I had a 20 day cold, yuck! The last week I took the ACV with some honey in hot water. Maybe it helped or maybe the cold was on the way out already, I'm not entirely sure but you could try it. I haven't noticed any effect on my milk or my baby's desire to nurse.
My doctor told me that anything that will "dry-out" one set of membranes (mucal) will also dry out the rest (milk producing). So you might not want to take Sudafed in case it dries you up.
Libby - posted on 12/02/2008
The general rule of thumb is that anything you can have while pregnant you can have while nursing. Plus, you can now have Advil. As your baby gets older and starts on solids you can be more lenient with this, because your milk will no longer be the only nutrients your child gets. Also this nursing thing works two ways, you need to remain happy and healthy enough to do this. If it becomes a burden you might quit, so please take care of yourself, and worse comes to worse, pump and dump for a few days while you take meds, and then go back to nursing.
Mary - posted on 12/02/2008
My pediatrician told me not to take anything that passes through my milk. So I asked the pharmacist and she said sudafed does, so I would stay away from it. I was told to take Vitamin C and drink ALOT of water, like 2 gallons a day to flush everything out.
Nicole - posted on 12/02/2008
Yep, agree with all 3 mom's above. Also, here's a link that should help.... but Nyquil is definitely not safe. Research the active drugs, it's a bummer, but it's the way it goes for us mom's. Keep nursing though, your babe will build some good immunities.
Rachael - posted on 12/02/2008
No, they are not. Your best bet is to stick with what is safe during pregnancy since all medications pass through breastmilk. Sudafed is really the only one that OBGYN's recommend during pregnancy so while your breastfeeding I would just stick with that.