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can I take benedryl while bf?

Can I take 2-3 benedryl to help me sleep, since my baby won't be bf for another like 10 hours? I am extrememly stressed out.... my mind is racing.... (I used to be described a sleeping aide before I got pregnant, but I won't take that) plus I have cold/allergy symptoms right now it might help.... so is it safe?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:04 PM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Health

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  • No. Unfortunately benedryl is dangerous while breast feeding. It's weird, it's safe while pregnant but not while nursing. Call your doctor and ask what you can take.

    Answer by beckcorc at 10:12 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • is a good site to check things like that out. Click on drug search, type in the name, and once you find it scroll down until you get to the breastfeeding section. Looks like benadryl is ok:

    This is another great site:

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Dec. 2, 2009


    I agree the other two sites listed are really good, this one has a couple of charts you can check out and benadryl is listed as "probably safe". Since it's an antihistamine though, it could effect your milk supply which some other resources don't mention.

    Answer by whittear at 10:19 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • What I was told by my OB was the it was safe during nursing but it can dry up your milk supply so be careful, I would call your own doc though and ask just to be sure.

    Answer by lovemybabygirl7 at 7:56 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • call your doctor or lacation consultant please.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

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