Can I take cold medicine while breastfeeding?

Coming down with a cold is never fun. But it's even worse when you're a sleep deprived mom. Here are which cold medications are safe to take while breastfeeding.

By Louise Gleeson

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It is important to be careful with cold medicines while breastfeeding, because they often contain more than one ingredient, explains midwife Lisa Sutherland.

“Regular Tylenol and Advil are both safe to take as directed, while ingredients like pseudoephedrine and antihistamines, as found in some combination cold and flu medications, can reduce milk supply and cause drowsiness in babies, especially in the first few months of feeding.” When in doubt, it’s a good idea to consult a reliable source like a pharmacist or a certified lactation consultant, suggests Elder-Gomes. There are also call-in helplines like Motherisk (1-877-439-2744 or that can provide advice.

Natural remedies (like saline sprays and zinc lozenges) used in moderation are very compatible with breastfeeding, but rest and hydration are always the best bet.

This article was originally published on Jun 19, 2016