05-11-2007, 04:59 PM
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Vancouver, Wa
Re: benadryl and nursing - HELP
no personal exp here but this is from www.kellymom.com
Mom's use of Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton are generally regarded to be compatible with breastfeeding, but always double-check the active ingredients. Monitor your infant for possible drowsiness if you use an antihistamine. The non-sedating antihistamines (below) are generally preferred and are less likely to sedate baby.
Milk supply: A common concern is that antihistamines might lower milk supply but, per Dr. Thomas Hale, there is no current research supporting this belief. If you feel that your supply has decreased, it could simply be a byproduct of decreased nursing frequency or dehydration due to your illness.
If you feel that a medication is the cause of a sudden drop in milk supply, then stop taking (or decrease your use of) the medication - if the med is indeed the cause, then supply should increase again soon after you stop taking it. When using an antihistamine, it can be helpful to step up your fluid intake quite a bit. As with any medication, take it only as needed, and discontinue use as soon as you can.
Courtney, wife to Matthew. Neurotic attached mom to Rosemary Elyse 12/11
, Lucy Kathryn 12/07
, Avery Jakob 7-05
and two tiny angels in heaven, Anthony & Grant