Welcome back! I’ve been a little slow going turning on my computer after a nice break last week! While our Spring Break vacation to Washington DC was a blast we’ve all seemed to come home with a cold, thankfully it’s not been too miserable but it’s enough that you feel drained and congested with a sore throat. If you could, you’d want to stay in bed with chicken noodle soup and get plenty of rest BUT that hasn’t happened to us since before we had kids! You have to keep moving and if you’re lucky get to bed early. Ordinarily I’d be taking some meds to help with the congestion, however with breastfeeding you do have to be careful with what you are taking and I am always wondering what’s safe to take when I am feeling under the weather. Other nursing friends call me all the time asking “is it ok to take Mucinex, etc?” and it always seems to hit on the weekend when you can’t call the doc.
I have come across a fantastic app called “LactMed” that every nursing mama should have! It’s by the National Institute of Health and it’s FREE. Basically, it lists every drug out there and the effects it has on nursing babies, milk supply, etc. I love that it also tells you alternate drugs that would be safer if one you are looking up is not recommended for breastfeeding.
I’ve been able to look up cold meds and see that if it says it might affect milk supply I steer clear of it and opt for something a little more natural to help with my cold symptoms. If you’re looking for a healthy immune supportive option for feeling under the weather check out this recipe for a Black Elderberry Syrup punch that tastes delicious! Lindsay at Crunchy Savings makes her own elderberry syrup but you do have to be careful and make sure you know what your doing when handling the herbs. I have no experience with getting my own herbs and prefer to head over to Whole Foods and get the Gaia brand Elderberry Syrup that is super concentrated (one dose is 1tsp!) and it has no alcohol or artificial ingredients so it’s safe for kids too! Whatever your preference, get your hands on some…our whole family (except Emma, all she needs is breastmilk!) will be drinking this to help get over our cold! This is a great tasting natural way to give your immune system a boost…and it’s safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas!