M.T. asks from Henderson, NV on March 29, 2008
Breastfeeding and Medications
Hi, just wanted to see if anyone else has this problem and what you did about it. I currently have an almost 4 month old daughter. I am nursing and it is going great! Since I had my baby, my sinuses have been giving me problems. It came to a head about two weeks ago and my nose completly closed up. Because of this, I could not breath and could not sleep. After about two weeks of this and taking over the counter medications I broke down and went to an allergist. He has me on oral steroids, nasonex, zyrtec and 20 days of anitbiotics. He reassures me that all this medication is safe while nursing and the baby but I am still a little nervous about it. Luckily I only had to take the oral steriods for five days. I started weaning my baby because I do not know how long I will have to be on Zyrtec and Nasonex. In the past I usually have to take it all year long. I really don't want to stop nursing but yet I don't know if it is safe.
So What Happened?™
I just wanted to thank everyone for their advice! It is comforting to know that there are people out there who have similar experiences and are willing to share. After much thought and prayer, I have decided to continue breastfeeding! I m through taking the oral steriods(it was only for 5 days to jumpstart me getting well). I have to be on 10 more days of antiobiotics and the other medications indefinatly. I take them at night right after nursing the baby for bedtime. She has been sleeping between 7 and 11 hours at night and I figure the worst of it is out of my system by then. Luckily, I only got to two bottles a day with the weaning. I will probably keep doing at least one bottle.
Thanks again for the encouragement from all!
J.D. answers from Reno on March 30, 2008
M.C. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on March 29, 2008
I would not stop breastfeeding over this! I don't know if the meds are safe, probably not a good idea this early on.
I highly recommend you see a chiropractor. No meds and they can fix just about anything!!
J.T. answers from Las Vegas on March 30, 2008
I have been on various asthma medications for my whole life, including pregnancy and nursing with my two children. I was given Zyrtec last year and had no problems taking it while pregnant. I also take a nose spray similar to Nasonex for my allergies called Rhinocort. I have had no problems taking these while pregnant and nursing. Other moms I know have taken Nasonex while pregnant and nursing without any problem for the baby. I feel comfortable taking these medications, but I also know that if I didn't my health would suffer. Do what you think is best for you and your baby. Both my children are healthy and happy.
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J.H. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
Alot of medications are still safe while you are nursing. Contact your pediatrician and they may be able to help you figure out if it's safe or not. I recently had Bronchitis, Toncilitis and an ear infection and I was able to take antiobiotics and still breastfeed my son.
K.J. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
Kudos to you for breast feeding in the first place! Second, for not automatically giving up when you started having a few problems. I breast fed my babies for 13 and 18 months and loved it despite the minor problems that came with it. I would assume the doctor that prescribed all of this medication is your primary care physician. I always checked with the pediatrician if I wasn't sure about something and then I'd research it on the internet and ask my pharmacist. If you're loving breast feeding, you should keep going. There's always an alternative medication available. Good luck!
D.B. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
I took Zyrtec while I was pregnant. I take Nasonex as well.
I was on albuteral etc. while I was pregnant and while I breast fed. All is well. Trust your MD. Best wishes.
L.N. answers from Los Angeles on March 31, 2008
What a horror story, M.!
There are other solutions, besides steroids for you. You are destroying your body, trying to fix one little symptom.
Have you tried sudafed?
Even better - try acupuncture and chinese herbs - they use magnolia buds to open up nasal passages. it works great.
Steroids are an emergency medicine, that should be evaluated against a lot of side effects.
R.J. answers from San Diego on March 30, 2008
Try homeopathics and a neti pot. No dangerous drugs, no side effects, and they've very effective. You can probably purchase both at your local health food store.
S.B. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
I would call the St Jude Wellness Center at ###-###-#### and voice your concerns. There's a book they have where they can look up your medications and should be either able to put your mind at ease or tell you straight up if they're not okay. The nurses there are very pro-nursing, so they'll likely encourage you to keep on breast-feeding. My son is now six months old and has just started solids. Nursing him has been the most wonderful experience and I understand how you don't want to give that up yet. Anyway, I've called them every time I've had a question and they've been extremely helpful. Good luck!
B.R. answers from Los Angeles on March 30, 2008
If your allergist says it's safe, it probably is. Don't quit breastfeeding! Even if she does get a little of the drug it is still better than formula. But if you have any doubts call a lactation counselor- they know like Everything about nursing. Loma Linda has a good one- the number is 558-MAMA.