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B reastfeeding vs. cold medicine

I am a breastfeeding mama and I have constant congestion in my sinus' for the last few days and it hurts. The moment I blow my nose I feel it build right back up ad I can't breath out of my nose. Ugh! Is there anything I can take? I've heard all congestion clearing medicine can dry your milk supply and since I'm not too far from weaning I don't want to change my supply and cut it off early. Any suggestions? Do I have to just grin and bare it? I do humidifiers but it doesn't feel like enough!

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Asked by KenzieQsMommy at 10:41 PM on Feb. 8, 2011 in Health

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  • Simply Saline Or a Neti Pot also look on to see what you can take. Feel Better. :)

    Answer by liss05 at 10:43 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I would go the homeopathic route. I use a product called Sinusin and it works well. Other ideas would be a netti pot. If there is a Whole Foods or something like it nearby you can go pick their brains.

    Definitely avoid Sudafed, it will dry you up. I used to take Benedryl with no side effects for me or baby (back when you could give it to babies too.)

    Answer by balagan_imma at 10:45 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • I tried a saline rinse and it made me nauseous for the rest of the day. Is that normal?

    Comment by KenzieQsMommy (original poster) at 10:49 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

  • Zicam can permanently take away your sense of smell, so be careful.
    Avoid dairy while you are sick – it can increase the amount of mucus your body produces.
    Peppermint tea is great! Peppermint is a natural decongestant; just be sure that peppermint is the only ingredient.
    Honey (antibacterial) and cayenne pepper (anti-inflammatory) is the best cough syrup.throat soother.
    Emergen-C will help you stay hydrated and give you an energy boost; be sure to mix it with cold water. The lowest price is at Trader Joes, though it is sold just about everywhere (Target, Walgreens, etc.).
    I am a big believer in the power of foods. This healing foods pyramid from the University of Michigan is great:


    Answer by rkoloms at 5:25 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Get some Elderberry syrup. The FDA criticized the manufacturer of Tamiflu for "overstatement" of claims of efficacy, since blind studies comparing it to a placebo only resulted in a 1.3 day difference. A study on Sambucol (Elderberry) found a 3-4 day difference in duration of symptoms.
    Most important, stay well hydrated!
    I always make miso soup when someone is sick
    Morning miso
    2 cups veg. broth
    2 cups hot water
    4 Tbsp. miso
    1 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated
    1/2 cup diced firm tofu
    3 Tbsp. thinly sliced scallion greens
    1/2 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
    I have substituted onion for the scallions, and left out the mushrooms. I have also added some thinly sliced chinese cabbage, because I happened to have it.)


    Answer by rkoloms at 5:26 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

  • Pour the veg. broth and 1 cup of water into medium saucepan. In separate bowl, dissolve the miso in the remaining 1 cup water. Mix well and add to saucepan. Add the ginger root and mushrooms and heat until simmering (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in
    the tofu and scallions. (If adding other veg. like onion or cabbage, you'll want to simmer until they are tender before adding tofu.)

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:26 AM on Feb. 9, 2011

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