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    i've recently developed an insane case of insomnia and it is driving me crazy. i'm certain that it's all psychological because i used to be a great sleeper and ever since i had one or two bad nights of sleep i've now convinced myself that i won't be able to fall asleep....and then of course this becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. are there any sleep aids that i can take that are safe for DD? someone mentioned that unisom was recommended to her during pregnancy but is it safe for breastfed babies? if not, are there other herbs/medicine that you would recommend?

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    Default Re: sleep aids

    for information on specific meds, you can get lactation related safety ratings by calling the folks here www.infantrisk.com

    But I also suggest you discuss your insomnia with your hcp.

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    One thing you might want to try is deep breathing. If you have an iPad or iPhone or maybe other brands of smartphones/tablets, there's this app called "Breathing Zone" which can really help you get into the sleepy mindset.
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    thanks. i was reading older posts on this site and it doesn't seem like there's any good med to take. so annoying!!!!

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    Have you tried chamomile tea? It always makes me pee, so sometimes I sleep less from getting up so much! It is breastfeeding-safe from what I've read. Some people even think what's left in your breastmilk can help calm babies and help them sleep. I haven't taken it since my baby was born because I was afraid I'd be too sleepy. It's hard to have something that knocks you out when you have a baby waking up. But if you're hurting, something gentle like the tea, or yoga, meditation, or self-hypnosis (Glenn Harrold is good) might help.
    Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.

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    Have you tried white noise? It is supposed to help babies sleep better but I swear it helps me knock out like a charm too! No medicine involved! I use Dr Karp's white noise cd, the 'rain on the roof track' and play it all night.

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    When I had pregnancy induced insomnia I listened to books on tape. The Brothers Karamazov was engaging enough to distract me from worry, but boring enough not to keep me awake. I find that if I can get my mind off "I'm not asleep, I'm not going to sleep" I can then fall asleep.

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    I don't know if this would help true insomnia, but the Hypnobabies CDs I listened to while pregnant always put me STRAIGHT to sleep.

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