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The BEST Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Supplements for Breastfeeding Mothers
The BEST Over-the-Counter Medications and Herbal Supplements for Breastfeeding Mothers
By Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, RLC   We’ve all been there mama! You’re feeling under the weather and looking for natural options that are safe for you and your baby while breastfeeding. It can be a confusing task to find things that are effective while being safe! Let’s break down my top recommendations for over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements for breastfeeding mothers! Vitamin D3: This is hands-down my favorite vitamin! I believe in it so much I became a certified Vitamin D practitioner in public health. Greater than 50% of the population is deficient, and yet it’s not even included in routine prenatal labs. Correcting a low Vitamin D level while pregnant has been associated with fewer preterm births, gestational diabetes,...
Is it Safe to Breastfeed While Sick?
Is it Safe to Breastfeed While Sick?
By Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, RLC   Breastfeeding in and of itself can be demanding, but breastfeeding when you are sick can be even more challenging. Your mind may begin to conjure up all kinds of worse-case scenarios triggering a myriad of questions. Is it okay to continue breastfeeding when I’m sick? Do I need to change my breastfeeding routine? Will my supply decrease?  Let's talk about it!   Should I Continue to Breastfeed While Sick? It’s almost bound to happen that you will come down with a cold, sore throat, the flu, or food poisoning at some point in your breastfeeding relationship with your baby. It is very, very rare for a mom to need to stop breastfeeding for...
Can I Take Medication While I Am Sick and Breastfeeding?
Can I Take Medication While I Am Sick and Breastfeeding?
By Wendy Colson, RN, IBCLC, RLC   Getting sick when you are a mom is unavoidable, but knowing how to navigate through it if you are breastfeeding/pumping is a must to avoid accidentally dropping your supply!  No medicines can "cure" colds and the flu, but you can ease your symptoms with some over-the-counter medication and some natural immune-supporting herbal supplements.     While 99% of prescription and over-the-counter medications are safe, they are not always safe for your milk supply.  Since medical schools skim over human lactation and all the facets, your physician will likely know about which medications are compatible with breastfeeding and protect your milk supply.  Consult your local IBCLC or call your hospital’s lactation department to guide you and...
5 Simple Tips for How to Increase Milk Supply
5 Simple Tips for How to Increase Milk Supply
By Wendy Colson RN, IBCLC, RLC    Looking to make more breastmilk? Six weeks after birth your breastmilk supply regulates and the supply and demand system that helps you make more milk is in full swing. Depending on your breastfeeding journey, you may be concerned about making enough milk for your baby and looking to increase your supply quickly. Here’s my top tips from my career as an IBCLC:   1. Empty the Breast More Frequently There’s no getting around this one, mama. If you want more milk you have to tell your body to make more by feeding your baby on demand or doing what I call “feeding the pump.” This activates the supply and demand system that regulates...