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Ifyourawizardwhydouwearglasses Thu 04-Dec-14 19:31:27

I've got a really really bad cold, it's not getting any better and I feel shit sad

I need medicine! But all the cold and flu stuff says not to take it whilst breastfeeding. Is it serious or is it over-cautious advice? Like not eating Parmesan whilst pregnant?

Does anyone know about this? Has anyone done it?

Ebf a 4 month old.

Cheers!

Screenclean Thu 04-Dec-14 19:32:32

It hasn't been tested and verified as safe.

You can eat Parmesan whilst pregnant!

Icedfinger Thu 04-Dec-14 19:33:28

Have a look here:

www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/detailed-information/drugs-in-breastmilk/

Weareboatsremember Thu 04-Dec-14 19:34:07

I think the decongestant type medicines like lemsip can dry your milk supply up, but I had 1 when I was bfing when dd was tiny and it didn't hurt. If you'd be devastated if you couldn't bf anymore, don't risk it.

MoonAndBackAgain Thu 04-Dec-14 19:34:18

I wouldn't myself.

Paracetamol and hot water with honey and lemon got me through Breastfeeding.

DoJo Thu 04-Dec-14 19:34:19

I really wouldn't take advice on this from strangers on the internet, however this site has lots of advice, and I believe it's well researched:
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/detailed-information/drugs-in-breastmilk/drugs-factsheets/

If you can't take anything, have you tried nasal irrigation? It's not exactly glamorous, but it might help clear your passages and breathe a bit more easily.

Bert2e Thu 04-Dec-14 19:38:31

You can take paracetamol which will make you feel better and then see of the rest with a hot toddy with whiskey, ginger, honey and lemon ;-)

Haggisfish Thu 04-Dec-14 19:39:47

It's the decongestant that's a problem-it can dry up supply but it is also a stimulant, so not great for babies.

fatterface Thu 04-Dec-14 19:42:02

Decongestants might possibly reduce milk supply so use sparingly, but your supply will be well established by 4 months. Nasal sprays are less of an issue than ones you swallow.

You can take paracetamol and ibuprofen though.

BertieBotts Thu 04-Dec-14 19:42:27

YY decongestant not great. I wouldn't if he's exclusively on breastmilk TBH. But yes you can take paracetamol, which is the main ingredient in Lemsip anyway.

Try Echineacea - you can get it from health food shops, that speeds up a cold for me. Just make sure it's not echinacea + goldenseal. Echinecia is ok on its own but goldenseal isn't.

BertieBotts Thu 04-Dec-14 19:42:50

And I can't spell it grin

callamia Thu 04-Dec-14 19:45:05

Take paracetamol/ibuprofen with a coffee, or something else with caffeine in. The caffeine makes the paracetamol work a bit more efficiently. Is also recommend a good shot of something lovely with some hot honey and lemon - you'll sleep nicely after that.

Osmiornica Thu 04-Dec-14 19:45:13

Yes, it can affect your milk supply so best not to take it. You can take paracetamol (maybe ibuprofen - can't remember). Have you tried just ordinary vicks and/or the thing you shove up your nose - it's suprisingly affective.

FreeWee Thu 04-Dec-14 19:50:07

I asked a pharmacist who said you could take it but then read up using the links above and stopped using it. Definitely noticed a fluctuation in milk as DD was more restless and feeding more. Wouldn't do it again (if you are indeed listening to the advice of strangers off the Internet!)

Ifyourawizardwhydouwearglasses Thu 04-Dec-14 20:08:02

Just steamed my face in olbas oil for a bit - amazing!

Re taking advice from strangers on the internet - my problem is that every medical professional I have asked has given me a different answer. From 'absolute no-no!' to 'yes I'd have thought that would be ok' to 'yes it's safe' and back to 'no you shouldn't.' hmm so just wanted a bit of anecdotal advice/opinions.

Keep them coming! Thank you very much to everyone who has taken the time to reply smile

ThinkIveBeenHacked Thu 04-Dec-14 20:13:12

Something that helped me when I had an awful cold and was 39wks pregnant was to shut myself in the bathroom, plug into an empry bath and open a couple of olbas oil capsules, then run the taps on super fast and hot - the bathroom steamed up with olbasy air. I sat on a chair and jjst took loads of deep breaths in and out. Really cleared my nose and head and the warmth was soothing too.

DoJo Thu 04-Dec-14 21:21:23

Fair enough - from your OP, you sounded so tired and fed up that I was worried you were just waiting for one person to say 'You'll be fine' and you were going to start mainlining Lemsips and luxuriating in that sweet, sweet de-congested breathing! grin

Hopefully there will be enough non-drug related ideas that you will find something that works for you so you won't need to worry about it - I hope you feel better soon. flowers

tobysmum77 Thu 04-Dec-14 21:30:18

whether bfing or not lemsip is crap so yabu.

Redtartanshoes Thu 04-Dec-14 21:30:48

I did this (unknowingly) when ds was just under a year. I think it dried up my supply as he stopped feeding at the same time hmm

fatterface Thu 04-Dec-14 21:36:42

I took lemsip and nasal decongestants several times throughout winter with all three of mine and didn't notice any changes in milk supply or baby behaviour tbh.

OpenSandwich Thu 04-Dec-14 21:37:18

I had never used sinex type nasal sprays before (oxymetazoline) until I took some in desperation when bf as lemsips etc not allowed.

It is actually really good for unbunging your nose, which makes you feel immediately better. Especially if you take paracetomol too. I wouldn't take the oral decongestants due to them being systemic and the milk drying up issue.

Mandatorymongoose Thu 04-Dec-14 23:51:53

I took some actifed while breastfeeding (maybe 1 a day for 2/3 days) it didn't have any noticeable effect on DS or on my supply. It did make me feel a hell of a lot better though.

CoolCat2014 Fri 05-Dec-14 00:21:54

Lockets, got steamy showers, paracetamol, and hot lemon & ginger got me through!

Discopanda Fri 05-Dec-14 00:30:04

I had a couple of colds whilst bf and I was told that because they can't test medications on pregnant and bf women, you can't presume they're safe. Lots of vitamins, lots of rest, lots of vitamins and berocca is a godsend

MrsMarcJacobs Fri 05-Dec-14 01:28:29

The pharmacy wouldn't sell me any cold medication after they confirmed with me that I was breast feeding.

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