Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are usually considered safe to take while breastfeeding. These medications help with pain that may come with a cold, like headaches, muscle aches, or a sore throat. You might find them alone, but you’ll also notice them combined with other cold medications.
What can I take for cold while breastfeeding?
Tylenol, or acetaminophen and Advil,or ibuprofen are approved for use while breastfeeding. Benadryl and other allergy medications may reduce your milk supply and also may make the baby drowsy.
Can you take cold tablets when breastfeeding?
Some cough and cold remedies contain paracetamol, which is safe to take while you’re breastfeeding. But if you take these as well as paracetamol tablets or capsules, you may go over the recommended dose. Always stick to the recommended dose.
How long does cold medicine stay in your breast milk?
While some dextromethorphan might pass into breast milk, it is likely safe for infants over 2 months. All NyQuil products contain doxylamine, an antihistamine that helps alleviate a runny nose and sneezing and may help with a cough.
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. A dry, irritating cough is usually associated with a postnasal drip.
Can you use Vicks while breastfeeding?
If you’re breastfeeding you should not apply Vicks vaporub to your chest. This is because the baby could breathe the vapour while feeding and this could possibly affect their breathing. Ask your doctor, pharmacist or midwife for further advice.
What can I take for sore throat while breastfeeding?
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium are safe options while breast-feeding. If you prefer treating a painful sore throat without these types of medications, you can ease symptoms with lozenges or an over-the-counter sore throat gargle.
Which antihistamine is best for breastfeeding?
Studies of the non-sedating antihistamines, loratadine and cetirizine, show low levels of transfer into breast milk and these would be considered the preferred choice antihistamines for a breastfeeding mother.
Can I take mucinex 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.
Does DayQuil dry up breast milk?
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.)
Is Nyquil safe to take 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 I take vitamin C while breastfeeding?
The recommended vitamin C intake in lactating women is 120 mg daily, and for infants aged 6 months or less is 40 mg daily.  High daily doses up to 1000 mg increase milk levels, but not enough to cause a health concern for the breastfed infant and is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding.
Can a cold affect milk supply?
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.
Should I breastfeed if I have a cold?
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.
Can worms be passed through breast milk?
A mother who breastfeeds must be nutritionally adequate, hence a significant parasitic infection in the mother cannot exist with successful breastfeeding (Figure 8). Asymptomatic parasitic infections are common in the adult and as discussed, most parasites are not transmitted via breast milk to the suckling infant.