nyquil while breastfeeding a 4 month old?
i took half a dose (15 ml) of nyquil for my sore throat and runny nose that make it impossible for me to sleep
i feed my little egg every 2 hours
we had a good night where we both just slept after each feeding, but my milk supply was a lot lower than it usually is
did the medication stop my milk? is the baby gonna be okay if i take nyquil for another couple of days? every other day maybe?
Which Nyquil did you take? They all have different ingredients.
Its best to just take a nasal decongestant if that’s all you need. Nasal sprays are safer than oral medications.
Neither the excretion of dextromethorphan in milk nor its effect on breastfed infants have been studied. However, this medication can be given to infants as young as 1 month of age. It is unlikely that with usual maternal doses amounts in milk are as large as those given directly to infants or that breastfed infants would be harmed by the drug in breastmilk, especially in infants over 1 month of age. It is best to avoid the use of products with a high alcohol content while nursing.
Lactation Risk Category** L4 (possibly hazardous)
Acetaminophen (safe, multiple sources)
The oral bioavailability of phenylephrine is only about 40%, so the drug is unlikely to reach the infant in large amounts. However, intravenous or oral administration of phenylephrine might decrease milk production. Because no information is available on the use of oral phenylephrine during breastfeeding, an alternate drug may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.
Phenylephrine nasal spray or ophthalmic drops are less likely to decrease lactation. To substantially diminish the effect of the drug after using eye drops, place pressure over the tear duct by the corner of the eye for 1 minute or more, then remove the excess solution with an absorbent tissue.
Many meds have been reformulated so they no longer contain pseudoephedrine — they’re using phenylephrine instead. Per Hale, “Because of pseudoephedrine’s effect on milk production, many have concerns that phenylephrine may suppress milk production as well. There is no evidence that this occurs at all.”
Pseudoephedrine & milk supply: Thomas Hale Ph. D., a renowned breastfeeding pharmacologist (Breastfeeding Pharmacology), notes that “breastfeeding mothers with poor or marginal milk production should be exceedingly cautious in using pseudoephedrine” and that “it is apparent that mothers in late-stage lactation may be more sensitive to pseudoephedrine and have greater loss in milk production” (Medications and Mother’s Milk, 2006 edition).