Is it OK to breastfeed when you have a cold?

Should breastfeeding continue when mom is sick? During any “ordinary” illness such as a cold, sore throat, flu, tummy bug, fever, mastitis, etc. you should continue to breastfeed. Just remind your doctor you are nursing so that if medications are needed he can prescribe something that is compatible with breastfeeding.
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What can you take for a cold while breastfeeding?

Sore throat sprays or lozenges are generally considered safe, as are cough drops. Avoid eating excessive amounts of cough drops containing menthol. Large amounts of menthol can reduce milk supply. Many forms of Robitussin, Delsym and Benylin are considered compatible with breastfeeding.
  • Can you take Tylenol Cold and flu while pregnant?

    For example, while Tylenol pain reliever (acetaminophen) is relatively safe for occasional use during pregnancy, Tylenol Sinus Congestion and Pain and Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom liquid contain the decongestant phenylephrine, which is not. Read labels. For example, Vick's Nyquil Cold & Flu Liquid contains alcohol.
  • Can you take mucinex while breastfeeding?

    Colds: Sudafed, Mucinex and Breastfeeding. Taking over-the-counter medications will not cure your cold, but it will help relieve the symptoms. Dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant) is often found in combination with guaifenesin, and both of these are safe to take while breastfeeding.
  • What can you take for a cold while pregnant?

    Common Cold Medicine and Pregnancy: The Safe List
    • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
    • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
    • Loratadine (Claritin)
    • Zinc lozenges.
    • Chloraseptic spray (but a salt water gargle is just as effective, with no risks)
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Is it okay to take cold medicine while nursing?

Yes, there are cold medications that are safe to take while you're breastfeeding. The cough suppressant dextromethorphan has long been used during breastfeeding and is considered safe. If you need an antihistamine, also used to treat allergies, they are generally considered safe.
  • Is it safe to take Nyquil while breastfeeding?

    The active ingredients in Nyquil are generally safe. However, the liquid forms of Nyquil also contain alcohol as an inactive ingredient. You shouldn't consume products that contain alcohol while you're breastfeeding. This is because alcohol can pass through breast milk.
  • Is it OK to breastfeed when you have a cold?

    Should breastfeeding continue when mom is sick? During any “ordinary” illness such as a cold, sore throat, flu, tummy bug, fever, mastitis, etc. you should continue to breastfeed. Just remind your doctor you are nursing so that if medications are needed he can prescribe something that is compatible with breastfeeding.
  • Can you take Mucinex DM while breastfeeding?

    Talk with your doctor. Mucinex is likely safe to take while breastfeeding and during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Before taking any medication while pregnant or breastfeeding, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor first. Is Mucinex, Mucinex D, or Mucinex DM safe for me to take?
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Can you take Nightquil while breastfeeding?

The active ingredients in Nyquil are generally safe. However, the liquid forms of Nyquil also contain alcohol as an inactive ingredient. You shouldn't consume products that contain alcohol while you're breastfeeding. This is because alcohol can pass through breast milk.
  • Can a breastfeeding mom take loperamide?

    Loperamide (Imodium®) is the drug most widely used. The dose is two capsules to start then one after each loose bowel motion. It can be taken by breastfeeding mothers as it is poorly absorbed from the gut and minimal amounts reach breastmilk.
  • Is it safe to take melatonin when breastfeeding?

    Generally it is not recommended moms take any sleeping aids while breastfeeding, with the assumption that mom is bedsharing. It is not safe to bedshare and take sleep medication (of any kind). Having said that, it seems melatonin itself (used short-term) isn't of concern while breastfeeding.
  • Can you take Nightquil while breastfeeding?

    The active ingredients in Nyquil are generally safe. However, the liquid forms of Nyquil also contain alcohol as an inactive ingredient. You shouldn't consume products that contain alcohol while you're breastfeeding. This is because alcohol can pass through breast milk.

Updated: 6th October 2019

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