R.C. asks from Saint Paul, MN on March 14, 2008
Safe PMS Meds While Nursing
I think the subject line says it all: are there any PMS meds that are safe to take while nursing? Are some better than others? What isn't safe to take? Thanks ladies...
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for the great advice, links, and information. I have decided to deal with the backache, headache, and cramps just to be on the safe side. What's a little pain, anyway, right? It's nothiong compared to child birth! Thanks again!
J.H. answers from St. Cloud on March 15, 2008
We are a family that believes in foods healing you. My mother in law has almost completed her degree as a Master Herbalist. She has a website www.joannsnp.com. On the website you can find something called Female Tonic Formula
This formula has been used historically as a tonic to help promote vitality, strength, energy, balance and overall health of the female reproductive systems. It also helps increase the body's ability to combat painful menstrual cycles, indigestion, nausea, and discomfort due to pregnancy.
This formula is also a good source of phytonutrients, which help strengthen the thyroid and regulate metabolism. The following is a list of this synergistic blend: Squawvine Herb, Red Raspberry Leaves, Nettle Leaves, Dandelion Leaves, Wild Yam Root, Cramp Bark, Chickweed Herb, Purple Dulse Leaves, Vitex (Chaste) Berries, Motherwort Herb & Ginger Root.
All encapsulated products are in a pure 100% vegetable based capsule.
Traditional Ailments Treated:
* Iron Defiency
* Postpartum Support
* Sports Supplements
Also, ask her about Hormonal Changease (you can read more info on that at http://www.herballegacy.com/Hormonal_Changease.html).
It's my understanding that both of these are used to even out hormonal imbalances which is what causes PMS.
I hope that helps!
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A.R. answers from Minneapolis on March 15, 2008
Rescue Remedy - Bach flower. Take four drops in water several times each day.
Ignatia - Boiron. Take four pellets under the tongue three times each day.
You will find these remedies in local Food Co-ops, Whole Foods, or Mastel's in St. Paul at Snelling and St. Clair.
Believe me, these work, you will feel much better without all the meds yourself, and you will rest easy with the understanding that you have harmed no one - not even yourself.
Homeopathic means: to do no harm.
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S.C. answers from Des Moines on March 15, 2008
The best place I've found to double check meds while breast-feeding is the Lact-Med database, run by the National Institutes of Health. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT It tends to be written in medical-ese though, and sometimes you have to try the brand name, the generic name or the active ingredient(s) before you find what you're looking for.
Another good site is
http://www.kellymom.com/health/index.html which is ran by a lactation consultant and also has a section on herbs (just because something is natural DOES NOT mean it's safe, poison ivy is natural too!)
And I just found this site last night: http://www.motherisk.org/women/index.jsp run by The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
The good thing about these sites,(besides the fact that they're ran by reputable entities, not some quack with a computer) especially the lact-Med database is that they tell you what the risks are-- "safe" can be kind of a nebulous concept-- what I consider an acceptable risk/side effect may be a no go for you and vice versa, this way you can decide for yourself.
M.A. answers from Minneapolis on March 15, 2008
There is a chinese herbal formulary called "free and easy wanderer" which is good for both PMS and general stress. My sister who is an acupuncturist and herbalist recommended it to help support my general health in pregnancy and I am nursing and still taking it so I know it is safe - and saves my husband and kids from me LOL! There are two manufacturers that I know of... Plum Flower Brand and Dr Shen's. I haven't found any retailers locally that have it but if you do a google search you can find it online.
B.D. answers from Milwaukee on March 17, 2008
EVERYTHING passes thru to the baby, so sorry to say there are no truly safe meds to take while nursing.
Please check out www.doctoryourself.com for great holistic info to help with pms symptoms.
B.J. answers from Minneapolis on March 15, 2008
I'm a 47 yo mom of 6yo twins girls, med. prof and wellness coach and wife- in that order ; ) as I try to put self a bit higher with time
Most things for PMS will cross for lactating women- all herbals will. YOu can take B- vits, but not in the quanities you might want to. Mood enhancers - scripts - will cross over. You could try omega- 3 fatty acids- safe for the baby and might help brain activity for you- you should be supplementing anyway for the next 3 years to replenish stores if you didn't take thru the pregnancy.
Hope that helps some and it won't be long before the nursing is done- then I have a few super ideas for you so contact me then.
M.K. answers from Omaha on March 15, 2008
I don't know for sure, but anytime I had a question about anything while nursing I went to my "Nursing Mother's Companion" Book. They have a complete listing of medicines that are safe and unsafe to take while nursing. I always just took Tylenol as I know that is safe when pregnant.
J.J. answers from Omaha on March 15, 2008
Hi, I'm a mommy of 4, wife of 1 :), and a nurse. I've breastfed all my children and I'm currently breastfeeding my 12 month old. I'm almost 38 yrs young. :) I've suffered from PMS for a LONG time. I don't use any birth control and I don't take any antidepressants or anything like that, because it truely is PMS! For the past 9 years I've taken a vitamin called Optivite for Premenstral Tension. It is a wonderful vitamin. The past couple of years I've noticed that my pms symptoms are getting worse. I exercise 5-6 days a week and I eat a very clean, healthy diet - very low sugar. My doctor did some blood work on me and my progesterone during the last phase of my monthly cycle is low. My doctor prescribed a natural progesterone cream that Kubat's Pharmacy makes and fills for me. I put it on a fatty area of my body 2 times a day during the last 10 days of my MONTHLY charted cycle. I really notice a difference. I don't get that edgy feeling and those nasty mood swings are gone.
I asked my husband the other day if he noticed a difference and he said to keep doing whatever I'm doing because it's working. My mood swings had been getting so bad - I was feeling absolutely crazy, but I also knew I wasn't myself. I'm doing so much better now.
I also would like to recommend a book to you by Marilyn Shannon called "Fertility Cycles and Nutrition". It is an excellent read and it explains how nutrition is tied into our pms symptoms.
I do hope you get through this. I know how horrible it feels to feel crazy! Not only was I suffering, my whole family was suffering.