Saturday, March 19, 2011

I am SICK! Now what!?

So bottom line.... I do not get sick very often! More frequently my husband will get colds, illnesses and what not while I just sit back and watch him suffer. So when Pooker began to show signs of a cold earlier this week.... I thought to myself "I wonder how long it will take for Daddy to get it?" WELL SHOCKER!!!! Kit Kat and I got it, while my husband sits back and watches us all suffer!!!  **GRRRRRR** Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, killer headache. Yes, I thought my head was going to explode. Normally while I am breastfeeding, I try to stay away from medications, with the exception of my Prenatal Vitamin that I take daily. But I have been just so miserable! I found myself looking through our medicine cabinet (well medicine/cup cabinet) wondering WHAT CAN I TAKE?!?! So I got on the internet and began searching. I was pretty positive that Tylenol was safe (which it is) so I took two. **GRRRRRR** no change! I told my husband I was done with medicine! Day two.... almost no sleep and a bomb about to go off in my head changed my no medicine mind. I have been scared about taking Advil (as fears of it drying up my supply swims in my head.) However, Dr Sears says it is safe so I decided to give it a try.
I am happy to say that my head is no longer a ticking time bomb ready to explode. Perhaps more like a tire with too much air.... but I will take any improvement! I wanted to share with you a couple of medicine charts courtesy of Dr Sears.

***Remember you are 100% clear to breastfeed your Nummie Lover when you are sick. There is no need to worry about passing the illness to your Nummie Lover as you ARE passing along antibodies in your breastmilk..... so your Nummie Lover can get some ohhhh so healthy immunities! Awesome stuff right?!!***

****I have also taken decongestants and have been fine. I have taken half of the recommended dose with some Advil to help kick the "ickiness." Now I have waited til I could no longer take the illness that I had before taking medicine. But taking a couple of Decongestants during the day is not going to kill your supply. As long as you have an established supply.... chances are you are good to go.  (Even Dr. Sears has Decongestants on his "okay" list!)****

Common medications that are safe to use while breastfeeding
The safety of the following medications is established for short-term use only. If you are required to take one of these for more than one or two weeks, consult a physician.

acetaminophen asthma medications (cromolyn, inhalant bronchodilators) Kaopectate
acyclovir barium laxatives
anesthetics local (e.g., dental work) chloroquine (antimalarial) muscle relaxants
antacids cortisone pinworm medications
antibiotics (tetracycline* and sulfa**) decongestants propranolol
anticoagulants digitalis propylthiouracil
anticonvulsants diuretics silicone from implants
antihistamines ibuprofen thyroid medications
aspartame insulin vaccines
* Avoid taking tetracycline for longer than ten days
** Avoid in newborn period

Drugs that require careful monitoring by a physician when taken while breastfeeding
Whether these drugs and medications are safe to take while breastfeeding depends on many factors: the dosage, age of infant, duration of therapy, and timing of dosage and breastfeeding. Consult a physician knowledgeable about drugs during breastfeeding if you need to take any of the following medications long-term.
alcohol general anesthetics* morphine
antidepressants indomethacin oral contraceptives
aspirin isoniazid Paxil
codeine lithium** phenobarbitol
Demerol metoclopramide Prozac
ergots metronidazole (Flagyl)*** Valium
* It is safe to breastfeed six to twelve hours after most general anesthetics. ** Some authorities consider lithium absolutely contraindicated while breastfeeding; others believe lithium can be used cautiously, as long as blood lithium concentration in the baby is monitored. *** Authorities recommend giving the mother a single two-gram dose and having her discontinue breastfeeding for only twelve to twenty-four hours.

Drugs that should not be used while breastfeeding
amphetamines heroin Mysoline
antimetabolite drugs (anti-cancer drugs) Lindane nicotine
cocaine marijuana Parlodel
cyclosporine methotrexate PCP
radioactive drugs for diagnostic tests*
* May need to stop breastfeeding temporarily. Consult a nuclear medicine specialist.

So there you go Mummies.... if you find yourself sick enough that you HAVE to take medicine....... I hope this chart help!


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