View Full Version : Breastfeeding with allergies
06-10-2004, 09:42 PM
I don't know if this is the right place to post, but I am desperate for an allergy medicine I can take while breastfeeding. It definitely can't be one that makes me tired, because I had trouble staying up today with DS (who, of all days, decided he didn't need to sleep.) My allergies are AWFUL!!
I embrace your advice with my runny nose, scratchy throat, blurry eyes, stuffy ears and balloon head!
06-10-2004, 09:47 PM
This is Dr Hale's website:
You can click on the antihistimine and decongestants to see what he says is okay. (he wrote the book "Medications and Mothers Milk")
Jacob Nathaniel Feb 91
Logan Elizabeth Mar 03
06-10-2004, 09:50 PM
Call your pediatrician and or a lactation consultant.
My first instinct was to recommend claritin, but I honestly have no idea if it's safe while you're bf.
ETA: I just checked the above site, and claritin is ok. :)
06-10-2004, 10:13 PM
A second recommendation for Claritin... I've taken it throughout pregnancy and nursing. Thank goodness; I couldn't do without it!
Missy, mom to Gwen 03/03
06-10-2004, 11:06 PM
my allergist gave me allegra.
06-10-2004, 11:36 PM
I've taken Claritin and Allegra and am taking Zyrtec as needed now. (My babe is two, though, and not nursing quite as much.) They all were fine.
Mom to Abigail Rose
"We have a secret in our culture...it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong!!" - Laura Stavoe Harm
06-11-2004, 09:57 AM
I've taken Claritin and Allegra while nursing. Both are non-drowsy. Definitely end your suffering!!
06-11-2004, 10:05 AM
I have severe seasonal grass allergies from April through July every year. Bethany was born July 21st and I was proactive w/ my allergist from BEFORE I got pregnant.
He okayed me to take Allegra (the 2x/day dose), Vencanase (then Bencanase and now Rhinocort) and Patanol both when I was pregnant (last trimester) and through nursing. Bethany will be 3yo this July and we are still nursing (just a teeny bit at night to sleep).
I looked up all the meds and everything was fine w/ them. Bethany had no reaction to them. I felt a bit more uncomfy taking the Allegra than the nasal inhaler or the eye drops since it was more systemic. I tried to not take it as much.
FWIW, my allergist is head of allergy and immunology at a major hospital in Philly, as well as being the allergist for many of the biomedical researchers I work with (and they are immunologists)...so I'm fairly confident w/ his okay of them.
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