You do not have to worry about Allegra and breastfeeding safety if you need to take allergy medication while nursing your little one.
The fact is that many breastfeeding moms regularly use antihistamines, sometimes in combination with decongestants, for cold symptoms or seasonal allergies.
The older families of antihistamines–diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine(Chlor-Trimeton), and brompheniramine(Dimetapp)–may produce sedation in infants but not always. That is not the case with Allegra. It is nonsedating, and therefore will not predispose them to breathing difficulties caused by some other choices!
Natural Alternatives to Using Allegra And Breastfeeding
While it is nice to know that medications such as Allegra are generally safe for nursing moms, some breastfeeding moms may want to try some natural ways to reduce or eliminate allergies first. If you are looking to avoid all medications, you might want to try raw honey. This is not the “normal” honey that you might find in the grocery store. It is labeled “raw honey” because it does not go through the filtration and pasteurization that most other store-bought honey does. Instead it retains enzymes and nutrients that are normally destroyed in that process. Some people have had great success reducing their seasonal allergies by eating a teaspoons a day of natural raw honey. However you should talk to your doctor first to make sure you are a good candidate to try it.
Other breastfeeding moms have also found that dietary changes like cutting out wheat, dairy and processed sugar can help eliminate many allergy symptoms as well. It may be worth a try if you want to cut down on the medications that you are taking.
Don’t Worry about Allegra Too Much!
We know countless moms who have taken Allegra throughout their entire pregnancies and continued without any issues while nursing. If the natural alternatives don’t work for you, doctors tell us that you are not taking a risk with Allegra.
One Caution for You
Watch carefully if using Allegra-D. This version has pseudoephedrine added (which is AAP approved) but may effect your milk supply!
If you start to notice a decrease, you may want to try to switch to the pseudoephedrine-free version as soon as you can, but most mom’s don’t notice a change at all.
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