Will allergy medicine dry up breast milk?

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 medication dries up breast milk?

Cabergoline can be used for milk suppression. It works by stopping the body’s production of prolactin.

Do Antihistamines dry up milk supply?

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.

Do Antihistamines reduce breast milk supply?

Antihistamines may cause a reduction in serum prolactin but this probably has no effect on breast milk production where lactation is established, and when the doses used are low. However, cyproheptadine should be avoided because of the evidence that is available for interference with breast milk production.

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Can Claritin dry up breast milk?

Antihistamines, which are meant to fight allergies, are safe for a nursing baby, but other ingredients may be best avoided. Claritin-D contains the antihistamine loratadine as well as a decongestant. “Decongestants can dry up your breast milk so it is best to avoid these,” says Silverman.

How can I get my milk to dry up fast?

Home remedies to dry up breast milk

  1. Avoid nursing or pumping. One of the main things a person can do to dry up breast milk is avoid nursing or pumping. …
  2. Try cabbage leaves. Several studies have investigated cabbage leaves as a remedy for engorgement. …
  3. Consume herbs and teas. …
  4. Try breast binding. …
  5. Try massage.

How do I let my breast milk dry up?

Methods for Drying Up Breast Milk

  1. Wear a supportive bra.
  2. Discontinue breastfeeding.
  3. Use ice packs to manage inflammation.
  4. Occasionally express milk to relieve breast engorgement.

Can Zyrtec dry up breast milk?

It is not known if other decongestants can decrease milk supply. High doses of sedating antihistamines have been reported by mothers to decrease milk production, but there is no scientific proof this occurs. Some allergy medications may have both an antihistamine and a decongestant in them.

Does 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.

Can Zyrtec decrease milk supply?

There is no evidence that the minimal anti-cholinergic effects of cetirizine have any effect on production of breast milk. There is likewise no evidence of negative effects of cetirizine on the breast feeding infant.

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How long does it take to dry up breast milk?

“Once a mother completely stops breastfeeding, her milk supply will dry up within 7 to 10 days,” Borton says, though you may still notice a few drops of milk for weeks or even months beyond when you stop breastfeeding.

Is Reactine safe while breastfeeding?

Claritin or Reactine is safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Benadryl is safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. *Caution: may decrease milk production during breastfeeding. It may also make the baby sleepy or irritable.

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.

Does Tylenol reduce breast milk supply?

Pain relievers and breastfeeding

Many pain relievers, especially OTC varieties, pass into breast milk in extremely low levels. Nursing mothers can use: acetaminophen (Tylenol) ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Proprinal)