What medicine can I take for cold while breastfeeding?
Cold medicines that are considered safe to take while breastfeeding include:
- Zyrtec (cetirizine)
- Nasal sprays that contain Afrin (oxymetazoline), Flonase, Nasacort (steroids), or plain saline.
Should I breastfeed if I have a cold?
Cold and flu
If you have a cold or the flu, you can breastfeed as normal. Your baby won’t catch the illness through your breast milk and may actually gain protection.
What can a breastfeeding mom take for a cough?
Taking dextromethorphan (Delsym, Robitussin), a cough suppressant, while breastfeeding is typically fine. If you have a dry cough, you might find this helpful. If your cough comes with a bit more mucus, guaifenesin ER (Mucinex) is usually the go-to.
Can I take cold and flu while breastfeeding?
If you are feeling very unwell because of a cold, the flu or sinus problems, you should contact your doctor. For a dry cough, a cough suppressant such as pholcodine or dextromethorphan is considered safe while breastfeeding.
Will my baby catch my cold if I breastfeed?
If you have a cold or flu, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting, or mastitis, keep breastfeeding as normal. Your baby won’t catch the illness through your breast milk – in fact, it will contain antibodies to reduce her risk of getting the same bug.
Can my newborn catch my cold?
When someone who is sick coughs, sneezes or talks, he or she might directly spread the virus to your baby. Direct contact. Someone with a cold who touches your baby’s hand can spread the cold virus to your baby, who can become infected after touching his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
Can a cold affect breast milk supply?
Getting sick. Just catching a virus or bug such as the flu, a cold, or a stomach virus won’t decrease your milk supply. However, related symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, or decreased appetite definitely can.
Can you take Robitussin DM while breastfeeding?
The expectorant guaifenesin and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan are often found together in products like Mucinex DM or Robitussin DM. Both of these medications are okay to take while breastfeeding. Small, occasional doses of antihistamines are acceptable while nursing.
Can you use Vicks when breastfeeding?
Dextromethorphan has been studied in breastfeeding women and is considered safe. (Often found in Alka Seltzer Plus, Tylenol Cough & Cold, Vicks DayQuil and NyQuil and more.) Chlorpheniramine has been approved, but large doses could also lower milk supply. (Often found in Coricidin and more.)
What can breastfeeding moms take for a sore throat?
Try the following to help the discomfort of a cold or a sore throat when breastfeeding:
- Take honey and lemon mixed in hot water, or sip on other warm fluids like natural teas to keep your throat moist.
- Gargle some salt water.
- If you have a cough, try a cough medicine that is based on glycerine and honey.