Posted in Breastfeeding, Child's Health, Parent's Health, Babies

Cold & breastfeeding

Hi, So I’ve had a bad cold that has been lingering for about 2 weeks (runny nose, bad cough, sneezing, congestion and phlegm - sorry tmi). My 3 month old exclusively drinks breastmilk (from a bottle). I’m not taking any medicine or over the counter meds. Other than taking more vitamin c ( ie tangerines, oranges, grapefruits)...does anyone have any other natural recommendations that are ok when baby is drinking my breastmilk? Thank you in advance!!

  • Kristen
    Jan 26

    You can try irrigating your nasal and sinus cavities with saline solution - arm and hammer has a great mist bottle. Totally safe for bf and also I find it highly effective at reducing inflammation and thinning mucus, and shortening the length of my cold overall.

  • Cynthia
    Jan 26

    Thank you Kristen. That’s something I’d definitely look into trying.

  • Katie
    Jan 26

    My doc and our son’s Ped. Said it was safe to take Mucinex for the congestion and use a humidifier at night. Also, I use shower tablets with eucalyptus and spearmint. They help to break things up.

  • K
    Jan 27

    Apple cider vinegar is amazing. You can gargle with it for soar throat, mix a tablespoon of it with warm water and drink twice a day to work as expectorant. Works wonders!

  • Cynthia
    Jan 27

    Hi Katie. Thanks! I bought Mucinex for my partner bc he is sick too but didn’t think it was okay for me to take.

  • Cynthia
    Jan 27

    K - yes! I’ve used acv prior to this pregnancy and know all the benefits. Is it okay to take when breastfeeding?

  • K
    Jan 27

    Yes, but must warn you that your baby may have a faint smell of vinegar 😂.

  • Margaret
    Jan 27

    Just a heads up with the Mucinex, decongestants can dry your milk supply.

  • Jo
    Jan 28

    Black elderberry. It works miracles and completely safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding