Medication while breastfeeding? Ok while sick to nurse?

Shelby - posted on 11/09/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I think I am starting to get a cold/flu. Body aches, light headed, semi sore throat... jsut feel blah. I am uncertain if there is a list of no-no medicines while you are breastfeeding? Is it okay to nurse at breast (versus pumping) while sick?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks

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Minnie - posted on 11/09/2009

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Definitely nurse while you're sick- you don't need to stop, and your baby will receive your antibodies. Sudafed is known to reduce milk production, so I would be careful with that cold remedy if you don't have a well-established milk supply. OTC pain relievers are fine, and you can use saline nasal spray two or three times a day to reduce the duration of the cold.

Brittany - posted on 11/09/2009

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nurse nurse and nurse some more. you are helping your baby by giving antibodies. as long as the doctors know that your nursing they usually give you meds that very low risk

Vanessa - posted on 11/09/2009

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my pediatrician said to make sure that i didn't stop nursing while i was sick so that my son would be less likely to catch what i had. your body produces antibodies to anything you are exposed to and your child gets that through the breastmilk. as for medication...i contacted my local la leche league to see if they had recommendations on what i could take. they did...there wasn't much, but it helped. hope you feel better soon!

Morgan - posted on 11/09/2009

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With Medication make sure you read the warning labels and everything. I just got over the cold/flu and I didn't take anything because of what the labels said. I just took a ton of Vitamin C and drank a ton of orange juice so while I nursed, he would get the vitamins. It is perfectly fine to nurse/pump while you are sick.

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