K.H. asks from Three Rivers, MI on September 22, 2008
Breastfeeding While Sick
Hi out there! I have a quick question for all of you moms that breastfeed. Tessa (my little girl) is 4months old and I am still breastfeeding. I am starting to come down with a cold. Every year around this time I seem to get bronchitis. This is actually a 2 part question. Question one: is it ok to continue to breastfeed while I am sick (it is just a cold right now, but I am starting to get a sore throat). Question 2: does anyone have any suggestions on anything that I could take while I'm breastfeeding to help get over my cold. I'm tired enough as is when I'm healthy, so you can only imagine how I feel now that I'm sick. Please help with some suggestions to get me over this cold quick. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all of your input. I got some great suggestions. I decided to forgo any medication and tough it out. Tessa and I are doing well and she seems to be staying healthy. I appreciate all of your support!
K.H. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
Absolutely continue to breastfeed for the same reasons that have been given in all the responses before me.
If you have any doubt about what you can/can't take (ever, not just now) ASK A PHARMACIST. They know more about drugs and drug interactions and special situations (such as breastfeeding-safe drugs) than most doctors do. Also, if they don't know about a specific drug, they know where to find the information needed to give you the advice/recommendation you need.
M.H. answers from Detroit on September 22, 2008
C.L. answers from Detroit on September 22, 2008
yes you can breastfeed while you're sick.. I've been sick a few times since my son's been breastfeeding. he sometimes gets it, but often not. He'll have some extra immunities I believe cause you are sick.
Have you ever tried a netty pot? I'm afraid to do it, but my husband tried it and it really worked. I actually had a few people tell me to try it out.
Hope you feel better soon.. it stinks being sick and having to take care of someone else.
I was sick once with food poisoning and was nursing.. it was not so pleasant.
I should mention that I have taken Benadyl while nursing.. I just take one dosage and I buy the one without dyes (it's hard to find, but I found it). I drink LOTS of water so that it doesn't affect my milk supply. I checked with our Dr. and that's what he said as well.. drink lots of water if I take it.
D.Y. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
Absolutely you can breastfeed! Your daughter gets your antibodies when you breastfeed her, so if she even does get sick she'll have a weakened strain of whatever you have. She may not even get sick at all, because you've been giving her your antibodies all along before you even knew you were sick.
As for helping get rid of the cold, drink lots and lots of fluids. You can take Motrin or Tylenol to help with body aches and pains as well.
A.T. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
Not sure on question number one. As for question number two, I would think Sudafed would be ok.
B.B. answers from Detroit on September 22, 2008
The antibodies your body makes to combat the cold will be passed on to the baby...
I have a list of approved OTC meds that are safe to take while breast feeding...
Its really too long to type out on here... So if there is a specific med that you are wondering about, just send me a message and I'll look it up on the list. :-)
One day I will have to type it all out and save it on the computer so I can e-mail it easier...
Hope your feeling better soon!
M.H. answers from Detroit on September 22, 2008
Drink loads, that will help with milk production and also help you get over the cold. Also eat foods rich in vitamin C, which will also help you get over the cold. All citrus fruits and kiwi fruit, and green vegetables are rich in vit C.
T.F. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
Always breast feed if you're ill unless your doctor tells you not to! It will help baby from getting sick too. Trust me I know. My husband and I soon after we brought our first child home got very ill with a flu or some other virus, something Grandma brought with her unintentionallly. She came to spend the week and came down with this thing on her way back home and we had symptoms and full blown down for the count ill for several days after. Having one parent sick with a newborn at home is bad enough but the 2 of us I don't wish on anyone. Good luck.
M.O. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
I would call your Doctor's office or your baby's doctor's office to see what OTC meds. they recommend. I know there was a list of OTCs that I could take while breast-feeding which I did for 11 1/2 mos , 14 mos , and 13 mos. so I know there were a few colds and/or allergies in those years of feeding. I hope this helps because it is the best thing you can do for your kids.--M.
A.M. answers from Detroit on September 23, 2008
I've had great luck with Zicam. I have staved off 3 colds that way - they are the melt in your mouth tablets and boy do they work if you get it before the cold gets bad. But they are supposed to shorten the duration of your cold too, if you already have one. They are homeopathic so have no negative effects, but on the bottle it does say to check with your doctor if breastfeeding. But everything has to say that. If it doesn't work when you have a cold, please try it when you notice one coming on. They work so well! I'm surprised they haven't been on Oprah or something. (Hee hee) Also, airborne is great and that extra vitamin C will be great for the baby. Someone mentioned Garlic and that, too, is awesome...just stinky. But it works!