Y.T. asks from Lake in the Hills, IL on February 22, 2008
C.T. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2008
I LOVE the natural approach...
boil some cinnamon sticks on the stove top until it looks like fresh brewed tea...
add in honey and lemon to taste...
the honey will coat your throat and the lemon and cinnamon will help to boost your immune system and kick that cold faster...
Oh also if you don't mind mint it is GREAT to add it in and brew it with the cinnamon plus it will decrease the phlegm and open your nose up better too =)
E.O. answers from Chicago on February 22, 2008
Here's a list for you of meds compatible with bfing (from kellymom.com)
Medications generally regarded as safe
Treat only the symptoms you have: avoid a combination medicine when a single one will do the job.
Short-acting forms of drugs (6 hours or less) are generally better than the long-acting varieties (but see the info below on the nonsedating antihistamines).
Use nasal spray instead of oral medications when possible (see below).
Take any medication right AFTER you nurse and only as needed.
The 2004 edition of Medications and Mothers' Milk by Thomas Hale, PhD has information on many cold medications (including specific guidance on combination products) in the Appendix (p. 874-889). Many of the active ingredients in cold and allergy medications are listed below.
Cough & sore throat meds
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. Always check the active ingredients, as there are many versions.
Name of medication AAP approved?* Lactation Risk Category**
Codeine yes L3 (moderately safe)
Dextromethorphan not reviewed L1 (safest)
Guaifenesin not reviewed L2 (safer)
* Per the AAP Policy Statement The Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals Into Human Milk, revised September 2001.
** Per Medications' and Mothers' Milk by Thomas Hale, PhD (2002 edition)
And you can take both ibuprofen, tylenol and naproxen (aleve) while bfing. Just avoid aspirin. Hope you feel better soon!
K. answers from Chicago on February 25, 2008
I agree - tea with honey, etc is good. Actually honey is a pretty effective cough supressent too (It was just written up in JAMA as being AS effective as Robitussin). Just take 1/2 tsp and don't drink anything afterwards. It coats your throat and works for a couple hours. Not fun being sick! I hope you feel better.
L.S. answers from Champaign on February 24, 2008
Grease your feet up really good with Vicks medicated chest rub - not the greaseless one (Wal-Mart brand is cheaper)and put a pair of old socks on. This will help with the cough and make your feet soft:) Zicam nasal swabs are good for cough, sore throat and stuffy nose - they also can be found at Wal-Mart. My girls have had a lot of upper resp. issues and I have tried lots of things and these are a few that work for us.
V.G. answers from Chicago on February 25, 2008
Try Ginger tea add ginger to the tea when it is brewing, along with few dops of honey. I used it all the time when I was BF.
Having the warm vapor with vicks soothe your blocked nose..helps with phlegm
A.S. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2008