Safe cold medicine while nursing?

Erin - posted on 05/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've developed a cold (baby as well) and I was wondering what are some safe cold/flu medicines I can take that wont effect nursing.

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Emily - posted on 05/12/2011

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There are cold meds that are safe. Yes, a small amount will get into the breastmilk, but the amount is not clinically significant. You want to avoid sudafed, as it can reduce supply. I've used benadryl and tylenol cold/sinus. This site has really good info:
http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold...

Melissa - posted on 05/11/2011

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You can use saline, decongestant nasal spray and regular tylenol while nursing. I reconfirmed this with my friend who's a pharmacist. Pretty much the same rules apply as when you're pregnant - no OTC medications (like Sudafed or Advil Cold & Sinus) because the medications can be transmittet through breastmilk to baby. Same goes for herbal supplements like Echanacea. It sucks, but what can ya do, right? Oh, you can use Vics vaporub too.

For baby, Hydrasense makes and awesome nasal aspirator and an actual infant saline spray that definitely helps. Baby Vics helps too and a humidifier.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Taylor - posted on 05/11/2011

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I swear by Zicam. I got a horrible cold when my son was about 1 month old and the pharmacist told me that was fine to take. I like the chewable ones. I've heard bad things about the nasal swabs and a few of their other products. Hope you feel better soon!

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