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Cough/Cold medicine if breastfeeding?

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beanstalk Sat 07-Nov-09 19:31:45

Hi, sorry if this has been done before but my search function isn't working.

I have a horrible cold and wondered if there is anything other than paracetamol that I can take whilst breastfeeding. Are lemsips safe for example? I think probably not, so anyone got any suggestions of anything I can take for the congestion?


whomovedmychocolatecookie Sat 07-Nov-09 19:34:00

Olbas Oil dropped into boiling water and the vapours inhaled is best.

I don't think you can have much more than that to be honest

Hope you feel better soon.

notasausage Sat 07-Nov-09 19:38:44

Speak to your pharmacist. I had a horrible cough when DD was about 7 months. I was able to take some cough medicines on their advice. That's probably you best bet. I also alternated paracetamol and ibruprofen

beanstalk Sat 07-Nov-09 19:46:07

Oh I didn't realise that I could take ibuprofen! That may help my throbbing head as the paracetamol isn't stopping it. Olbas oil and steam is better than nothing!

Thanks for the replies smile

Grendle Sat 07-Nov-09 19:50:46

This BfN factsheet might help smile.

beanstalk Sat 07-Nov-09 20:05:13

Thanks Grendle, that's really helpful.

GruffaloMama Sat 07-Nov-09 21:12:28

Hiya - just thought I'd add that Olbas do some lozenges which taste disgusting but really helped me with congestion whilst pg. They're also okay whilst BFing.

Taramuddle Sat 07-Nov-09 21:29:30

Olbas also do a nasal stick too!

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