Along with all the positives that Spring brings, including beautiful weather, in-season fruits and veggies, and thoughts of summer, there is also one thing that comes along with spring that we dread every year: allergies. While those cherry blossoms are beautiful, it usually means that it is pollen time. Most of us know the feeling… itchy eyes, sore throat, and congestion like no other. Most of the time, the only relief from these symptoms is some sort of medication, but if you’re a breastfeeding mother deciding which medications are safe to consume can be nerve-wracking. We’d hate for all you moms out there to suffer with allergies while trying to take care of your child(ren), so we’ve got the skinny on safe ways to control your allergies this season!
To get the best info on medications, we turned to the Infant Risk Center and KellyMom. There you can find helpful information on the effects of medication on breast milk, as well as an extensive list of medications that are safe to consume while breastfeeding. As far as allergies go, the lists contains several examples of antihistamines, decongestants, and pain relievers that are safe!
If you’re still a little hesitant to go the medication route to suppress your allergies while breastfeeding, there are some other methods that could help you feel better in a pinch! First and foremost, make sure you have a good air purifier in your house, and change the filter often! A nasal saline solution is also a good trick to clear out any unwanted pollen that may have crept in. Last but not least, eating local honey is said to expose your system to local allergies in a way that will allow your body to get used to them and help fight off allergic reactions. You’ve got options, and as always, consult your physician if you have any questions or need help deciding on relief that will be best for you and your little one! Now let’s all pray for a quick allergy season!