I have aquired a delightful headcold from a smallie, but as a new ma and ebf I'm not sure, other than paracetamol, what I can take? I was thinking sudafed or lemsipmax tablets the cheap sainsburys version but in a faux pas of tidying I have only the tablet blisters and not the boxes to check if ok when bf... anyone taken either, or recommend something else?
Seconding looking up on BfN . The roblem with a lot of decongestants is htta they work by drying up bodily fluids and breastmilk is a bodily fluid. there are newer products available now that have less of an impact but you need to look into it. All of them say not to take while BF though as they can't do the testing
Sudafed and any other decongestant is a real risk as wot said. My understanding from the bfn drugs helpline is that it can permanently reduce milk supply - not just temporarily. So it depends on your situation but if your milk supply being hit will be a problem, they're best avoided.
Have you considered menthol crystals? They're really cheap (from pharmacy) and you dissolve them in hot water and inhale the steam (over a sink say) to clear the airways. Or Vicks, or Olbas Oil type things?