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is it ok to take tylenol sinus congestion if i am breastfeeding?

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Asked by michiganmommy11 at 8:25 PM on Jan. 19, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes, just use as directed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:27 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • yes just take as indicated and remember that any decongestant will cause you to become dehydrated--so drink more water. I hope you feel better.

    Answer by coala at 8:29 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Nope. sudafed is the only one that my dr. said is okay. Call your pedi and they will know what to suggest.

    Answer by julipickle at 8:30 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Ask the doctor or the pharmacist

    Answer by SillyMomma at 8:32 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • If it contains Pseudoephedrin, which I think the Sinus infers, it is registered as a C, L3 (L3 (moderately safe) C (risk cannot be ruled out) ). I would stay away from anything with Pseudoephedrin in it, those can actually dry you up. BTW Sudafed is used to 'dry' a mother up so please stay away from Sudafed (as well as any other pseudoephedrin).


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I just asked the pharmacist and he said it was ok with could make the baby jittery. I'm holding off and going to tough it out! Thanks for your help everyone.

    Answer by michiganmommy11 at 8:44 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • No, I would not use it. At least 1% of the medication you take passes into your breast milk. That sounds like a small number...but just think of how small your baby's body is. Babies bodies are not able to process the chemicals in cold medicines. According to my doctor Robitussin DM, with regularTylenol seperately, is the only cold medication they could recommend IF I really feel that I must take something. They actually recommend not to take anything at all. Colds usually last 7-14 days. If it is not resolved by then, it may be a bacterial problem (sinus) at which point you could be prescribed antibiotics. Nasal spray can also help as it does not contain medication. A humidifier might also comfort you a little as well.

    Answer by NovemberLove at 9:42 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

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