Question: Do decongestants dry up breast milk?

Do decongestants affect milk supply?

Decongestants. Both pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine are generally considered to be safe for the breastfed baby, but pseudoephedrine may reduce milk supply.

Why do decongestants decrease milk supply?

But decongestants can also affect other parts of the body. These medications can constrict blood vessels in the breasts and reduce blood flow needed for milk production.

Does Sudafed dry up your breast milk?

Talk to your doctor before you take any OTC medication while breastfeeding. Sudafed is used off-label to dry up breast milk and may cause irritability in breastfed infants.

What medicine stops breast milk?

Taking drugs such as Cabergoline or Dostinex® to stop breast milk works best for mothers who have not been breastfeeding for long.

Do antihistamines dry up breast milk?

Antihistamines, like Benadryl, have negative effects on breastfeeding and should be avoided if possible. Medicines like this decrease milk supply if used at high doses and for long periods of time. Sudafed can decrease milk supply and should also be avoided if possible.

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Does Claritin dry up breast milk?

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.

Will Benadryl dry up breast milk?

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.

Does mucinex dry up breast milk?

The expectorant guaifenesin and the cough suppressant dextromethorphan are often found together in products like Mucinex DM or Robitussin DM. Both of these medications are okay to take while breastfeeding. Small, occasional doses of antihistamines are acceptable while nursing.

What does Sudafed do to breastmilk?

One small study showed that over a 24-hour period, Sudafed decreased the women’s milk production by 24 percent. If you take Sudafed while breastfeeding, you should monitor how much milk your body makes. Drinking extra fluids may help increase the amount of milk you produce.

How fast does Benadryl dry up breast milk?

One old study that used a biologic assay system reported that after a 100 mg intramuscular dose of diphenhydramine in four women, drug levels in milk were undetectable in two and 42 and 100 mcg/L in two others at one hour after the dose.

How can I dry up my milk without getting mastitis?

How to decrease milk supply

  1. Try laid-back breastfeeding. Feeding in a reclined position, or lying down, can be helpful because it gives your baby more control. …
  2. Relieve pressure. …
  3. Try nursing pads. …
  4. Avoid lactation teas and supplements.
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How do you keep your breast milk from drying up?

Pump a little extra: Increase the frequency of your pumping, and make sure your breasts are completely empty after each feeding. Even if your baby isn’t hungry, pumping every two instead of three hours for a few days will rev up the body’s supply and the “demand” process and produce more milk.