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    Unhappy Help!

    Hi,

    I was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of decongestant someone might be able to take for the upper respiratory flu which will not decrease my milk supply??

    My head is clogged so badly I am seeing double and its too late to call anyone for help. I'm desperate!

    Thank you!

    Kate's mommy

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    I can't recommend any medications, but a hot, steamy shower might get you through until morning
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Jen

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    Default Re: Help!

    Check on www.kellymom.com under Is this safe while breastfeeding.

    feel better

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    Default Re: Help!

    i did find that sudafed is a no-no.
    ~~ Valarie ~~
    wife to matt
    mommy to
    ricky 2.9.03, christian 6.28.05, baby olive due JAN 2008

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    Here is link to Cold and Allergy Remedies Compatible with Breastfeeding
    http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold-remedy.html

    See too if you can get a copy of this book
    "** Per Medications' and Mothers' Milk by Thomas Hale, PhD (2002 edition)"

    Here is a list of items listed

    The common cold will usually run its course within 7 to 14 days. There are many natural remedies and over the counter products that are compatible with breastfeeding.

    best to go and review info on the website that is listed at the top

    Natural Remedies
    General
    Head congestion
    Chest congestion
    Sore/itchy throat, cough
    Medications generally regarded as safe
    General guidelines
    Cough & sore throat meds
    Pain meds
    Eye drops (for cold/allergy symptom relief)
    Nasal sprays or gels
    Decongestants
    Antihistamines
    Does baby have a cold, too?
    References
    Links for additional information
    General
    Natural Remedies
    Medications
    Disclaimer
    Natural Remedies
    General

    Rest. Drink lots of water and take hot baths. Run a humidifier.
    Take in extra vitamin C from foods, juices or in supplement form.
    Echinacea is generally recognized to be safe for nursing moms.
    Garlic eaten raw, cooked, or taken as a supplement can help. Raw is always best, though it's hardest to get down.
    Homeopathic remedies, are considered safe for nursing moms.
    OMT is a very gentle form of osteopathic manipulation, which can enhance the immune system, and help keep the fluids draining from the head and neck so bacteria and viruses are less likely to be able to grow. This can help to reduce or even prevent chronic ear and respiratory infections. OMT has been shown to have a dramatic effect on fluid in the ears, and works well on any type of upper respiratory infection.

    Head congestion
    Use a saline nasal spray
    Steam treatments:
    Boil a pot of water, remove from the stove and (optional) add a few drops of essential oils (for example: eucalyptus, sage and balsam). Drape a bath towel over your head and breathe deeply for 5 minutes. Do this 2 or 3x a day until symptoms subside.
    Put two inches of apple cider vinegar in a pan and heat until it begins to steam. Inhale the vapor. If the vapor is too strong, add a little water. Repeat as needed.
    Essential Oils: Place a drop or two of either eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil on a cotton ball or handkerchief and hold near the nose while breathing deeply.
    A couple of cautions: Do not use the oil in the nose - it can cause swelling. Do not use peppermint oil or menthol (one of the main components in peppermint oil) or camphor on or near the breast where baby might ingest it, and do not apply directly on the skin of a baby or young child. There have been cases where the direct application of menthol or camphor products (for example, Vicks VapoRub™) to baby's skin resulted in severe breathing difficulties or liver problems (see info on colds and congestion in baby).
    Cayenne pepper: Sprinkle it on your food, or put a quarter teaspoon in a glass of water and drink.

    Drink fenugreek tea to relieve head and chest congestion and cough.
    Massage can help with sinus problems
    What To Do When You Have Sinus Pain by Allison Ishman

    Chest congestion
    Anise steam treatment: Boil a pot of water, remove from the stove and add about 3 teaspoons of dried anise. Drape a bath towel over your head and breathe deeply for 5 minutes. Do this 3x a day to help keep the chest clear.
    Drink fenugreek tea to relieve head and chest congestion and cough.
    Sore, itchy throat and/or cough
    Drink strong black tea (use 2 tea bags per cup).
    Drink hot lemonade with honey. Or make a mixture of one part lemon juice and two parts honey. Sip throughout the day.
    Drink fenugreek tea to relieve head and chest congestion and cough.
    Use Zinc gluconate lozenges, but avoid taking large amounts of zinc for more than seven days, because it can interfere with other minerals in the body.
    Salt water gargle:
    Mix a 1 tablespoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Gargle the whole mixture (don't swallow) several times a day.
    Apple-cider vinegar and water gargle.
    Mix 1-6 teaspoons (1/3 - 2 tablespoons) vinegar in a glass of water; you can mix it as strong as you can stand it. Gargle one mouthful (swallow afterward or spit it out). Repeat twice. Do this every hour, or as needed.
    Slippery elm bark can help with sore throat and cough. It comes in herbal cough drops and throat lozenges (check the other ingredients!), or you can make a tea. For tea, use 1 to 3 teaspoons of powdered bark per cup, boil and simmer 15 minutes. Up to 3 cups per day.
    Chamomile tea gargle (you can also drink the tea)
    Goldenseal tea gargle (use every 2 hours or as needed)
    Medications generally regarded as safe

    General guidelines
    Treat only the symptoms you have: avoid a combination medicine when a single one will do the job.
    Short-acting forms of drugs (6 hours or less) are generally better than the long-acting varieties (but see the info below on the nonsedating antihistamines).
    Use nasal spray instead of oral medications when possible (see below).
    Take any medication right AFTER you nurse and only as needed.
    The 2004 edition of Medications and Mothers' Milk by Thomas Hale, PhD has information on many cold medications (including specific guidance on combination products) in the Appendix (p. 874-889). Many of the active ingredients in cold and allergy medications are listed below.



    best to go and review info on the website that is listed at the top

    Hope you feel better.

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    Default Re: Help!

    Hi Kate's mommy,

    Most antihistimes are considered safe and while some women do expereince a dip in milk supply, some do not. (myself being one of those who do not) Antihistimines are good for warding off the stuff that is making you have the reaction, for a lack of a better way to explain it.

    Decongestants, on the other hand, dry you up. In addition to drying up your sinuses, they can also dry up your milk supply if taken long term.

    The kellymom link has a good list of what is ok to take. You can also call your local LLL Leader and see if she has a copy of Medications and Mother's Milk, which she can look up the medications in and tell you if it is considered to be safe or not.

    You may have good luck with the shower, the boling pot of water, saline drops, etc. You can also try a netti pot, which washes out your sinuses. Gross, but usually effective, lol. You can also add rosemary to the pot of boiling water and just hang your head over it and inhale the steam.

    In the event your baby gets sick too, you are doing a great thing by nursing! Your milk won't hurt him and you will actually pass along those antibodies that you are making to fight your own cold.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Tallis

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