Studies of the non-sedating antihistamines, loratadine and cetirizine, show low levels of transfer into breast milk and these would be considered the preferred choice antihistamines for a breastfeeding mother.
Does Claritin affect breast milk supply?
Claritin is one allergy medicine that has been studied during breastfeeding, and it’s shown to pass only marginally into breastmilk. Do note, however, that Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine and can reduce milk supply.
Can I take loratadine while breastfeeding?
Loratadine or cetirizine are the antihistamine tablets recommended if you’re breastfeeding. They can have different brand names, so speak to your pharmacist for advice.
Does allergy medicine affect breast milk supply?
The two most common questions mothers ask are: Which allergy medications are considered safe to take, and, will a certain medication decrease my milk supply? Most allergy medication are considered safe for use while breastfeeding and will not impact your milk supply.
What interferes with breast milk production?
Various factors can cause a low milk supply during breast-feeding, such as waiting too long to start breast-feeding, not breast-feeding often enough, supplementing breastfeeding, an ineffective latch and use of certain medications. Sometimes previous breast surgery affects milk production.
Why is Zyrtec not recommended while breastfeeding?
However, caution is advised for cetirizine use while breastfeeding due to the theoretical risk of CNS depression based on limited human data and risk of decreased milk production.
What can I take for sleep while breastfeeding?
The sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta are considered safe to use for occasional use while breastfeeding because very little of the drug gets into the breast milk and reaches the baby. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications while nursing.)
Is prednisolone safe while breastfeeding?
Amounts of prednisolone in breastmilk are very low. No adverse effect have been reported in breastfed infants with maternal use of any corticosteroid during breastfeeding. With high maternal doses, avoiding breastfeeding for 4 hours after a dose should markedly decrease the dose received by the infant.
How quickly does loratadine work?
Onset of action is within 1 hour and duration is at least 24 hours. Once-daily dosing is recommended. Generally, loratadine is as efficacious as existing antihistamines in relieving symptoms of allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and in suppressing wheal formation.
Can I take an antihistamine while breastfeeding?
All antihistamines are considered safe to use during breastfeeding, as minimal amounts are excreted in the breast milk and would not cause any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.
Should I pump and dump after taking Benadryl?
Benadryl doesn’t affect the amount of milk your body makes. However, it may decrease the flow of milk from your breasts. Benadryl can also be passed to your child through your breast milk when you take the pills or use it on your skin.
What allergy medicine can I take while breastfeeding?
Cold and allergy meds that are safe while breastfeeding include: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the preferred antihistamine when breastfeeding. Other antihistamines are also considered safe but do not have as much research to support this. These include Allegra Claritin, and Xyzal.
What medications are safe to take while breastfeeding?
What medications are safe to take while breast-feeding?
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others)
- Naproxen (Naprosyn) — short-term use only.