I’m a breastfeeding mom who has cough and colds. What medicine/s can you recommend I take? Nahawa na my new born because the colds and cough have gotten worse already. Thanks!
Usually most drugs are safe to take during breastfeeding. This period is not as sensitive as the time when you were pregnant.
Babycenter.com has a complete list of drugs that are safe and NOT safe to take during pregnancy.
I will try to summarize the most basic drugs below.
For your particular case, if you have cough and cold and NO fever, you may start any cough and cold preparation such as Neozep three times a day for cold and Ascof (lagundi) capsules three times a day for cough. Warning: all cold tablets cause drowsiness so be very careful that you don’t doze off and drop your baby or worse, roll over in bed and suffocate your baby.
If cough and colds do not improve after 5-7 days OR your phlegm and mucus turn to yellowish-green OR you start to have a fever, it is time to start an antibiotic. You may take the same drugs that are usually given during pregnancy like Amoxicillin or Cefalexin 500 mg three times a day for 7 days.
If symptoms persist, please, please consult your doctor…
Summary of SAFE drugs during breastfeeding (complete list in Babycenter.com):
Acetaminophen: Used for pain relief
Acyclovir and valacyclovir: Antiviral for herpes infections
Antacids: Used to treat upset stomachs
Bupivacaine: A local anesthetic
Caffeine: A stimulant
Cephalosporins (e.g. Cefalexin): Antibiotics for lung, ear, skin, urinary tract, throat, and bone infections
Clotrimazole: Used to treat yeast and fungal infections
Contraceptives (progestin-ONLY): Used for birth control
Corticosteroids: Used to treat inflammation of joints and other conditions
Decongestant nasal sprays: Used to treat stuffy noses
Digoxin: Used to treat heart problems
Erythromycin: Used for skin and respiratory infections
Fexofenadine: Antihistamine for allergies and hay fever
Fluconazole: Used to treat yeast infections
Heparin: Used to keep blood from clotting
Ibuprofen: Used for pain relief
Inhalers, bronchodilators, and corticosteroids: Used for asthma
Insulin: For diabetes; dosage required may drop up to 25 percent during lactation
Laxatives, bulk-forming and stool softening: Used to treat constipation
Lidocaine: A local anesthetic
Loratadine: Antihistamine for allergies and hay fever
Low molecular weight heparins (enoxaparin, dalteparin, tinzaparin): Anticoagulants
Magnesium sulfate: Used to treat preeclampsia and eclampsia
Methyldopa: Used to treat high blood pressure
Methylergonovine (short courses): Used to prevent or control bleeding after childbirth
Metoprolol: A beta-blocker used to treat high blood pressure
Miconazole: Used to treat yeast infections
Nifedipine: Used for high blood pressure and Raynaud’s syndrome of the nipple
Penicillins (e.g. Amoxicillin): Used to treat bacterial infections
Propranolol: A beta blocker used to treat heart problems, and high blood pressure
Theophylline: Used to treat asthma and bronchitis
Tretinoin: Cream used for acne. Avoid contact of cream with infant.
Thyroid replacement: Used to treat thyroid problems
Vaccines (except smallpox and yellow fever)
Vancomycin: An antibiotic
Verapamil: Used for high blood pressure
Warfarin: Used to treat or prevent blood clots
If the drug that you plan to take is not in the list above, please see a doctor to confirm its safety during breastfeeding.
An additional tip for all breastfeeding mothers, especially you ABC. When you feel that you are about to get sick or you feel that you have caught a virus, do NOT stop breastfeeding. You may continue to feed your baby but make sure to wear a face mask and change it 3-4x a day. The cold virus is not spread through the breastmilk but via air droplets. It also helps to drink 2-3 liters of water a day to get the virus out of your system right away.