Re: safe cold medications while nursing?
I'm not sure what your symptoms are, but have a little advice. I was a frequent Sudafed user before getting pregnant and wondered how I'd survive without it. I have awful sinus issues anytime I get sick. During my first bad cold (which led to bronchitis) I couldn't stand it and ended up taking Sudafed, even though it sounded questionable to use during pregnancy. It helped me sleep for one night. While nursing, I only took it once, and it really seemed to not help much. So I started experimenting with things I found on the internet. I find that for stuffiness, neti pot wash helped. Then I couple that with a drink of various strengths of raw apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) mixed with lemon and honey helps. If I'm really stuffy, sometimes I'll make it as a shot. For sore throat, that same concoction made as a tea, with cayenne pepper helps. Cough -- I can never find anything that helps with that. I stick with honey, but never notice much difference. Now, for all these things, FREQUENT use is the key. Neti pot I do about 3 times a day, and drinks some of the honey/lemon/apple cider vinegar tea 4-6 times a day. My husband calls it "stinky tea," and now has my 2-year-old saying that. I've come to like the taste, actually! Plus, the apple cider vinegar has cleared up my skin -- double bonus.
So I'm going on 2 full years now with only one use of Sudafed. I've had numerous minor sinus infections, but nothing I couldn't conquer with that.
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.