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Breastfeeding and seasonal allergies.

Nature is blooming and you can feel it in your eyes, nose, and throat! Before you were taking some medications but now you don't know if it's compatible with breastfeeding or not. You can talk about your allergies with your doctor first and see what kind of medication is the most appropriate for your situation. Most of the time allergy medications are compatible with breastfeeding. When we refer to Hale's classification the 2 most common medications are Claritin and Zyrtec and they are classified as L1 and L2. L1 and L2 are 2 safe categories of medications for breastfeeding. However, you need to make sure there is no additional decongestant added in the formulation of the medication. Usually, the letter "D" is added to the name (Zyrtec-D for instance). This decongestant (often pseudoephedrine) dries up your nose and may lower the milk supplies. One common side effect of this category of medications is sedation. Be aware that it may not be safe to practice bed-sharing while using these medications. #breastfeeding #eclusivebreastfeeding #breastpumping #allergies #seasonalallergies #breastfeedingandmedication #chestfeeding #halesmedications #questions #ibclc #parentswhobreastfeed #ibclccertifiedlactationconsultant

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