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    Unhappy Help, I'm suffering!

    I have severe sinus pain and due to breastfeeding can only take the standard panadol/nurofen

    Please tell me someone has a bf safe herbal/home remedie (sp?) to help me!

    I think this is the thing I don't like about breastfeeding!

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    hope you feel better soon. i dont know of any herbal remedy but i thought you could take panadine while feeding??? i had it in hospital. maybe someone else could confirm this?

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    You can use the sudafed nasal spray. I used it when pregnant with Dd and had a lot of relief


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    Sudafed (and other decongestants) can also dry up your milk while drying other secretions.

    Drug Levels and Effects:


    Summary of Use during Lactation:

    Although the small amounts of pseudoephedrine in breastmilk are unlikely to harm the nursing infant, it may cause occasional irritability. A single dose of pseudoephedrine decreases milk production acutely and repeated use seems to interfere with lactation. Mothers with newborns whose lactation is not yet well established or mothers who are having difficulties producing sufficient milk should not receive pseudoephedrine.


    Drug Levels:
    Maternal Levels. A single oral dose of 60 mg of pseudoephedrine in 3 women resulted
    in peak milk levels of less than 1 mg/L 1 hour after the dose.[1] Other authors used data from this study to calculate the amount excreted in milk to be 5.5% of the weight-adjusted maternal dosage.[2] After a 60 mg oral dose of immediate-release pseudoephedrine, peak milk levels averaging 698 mcg/L occurred 1.7 hours after the dose, and half-life in milk was 5.5 hours. A fully breastfed infant would receive a dose of 4.3% (range 2.2 to 6.7%) of the maternal weight-adjusted dose.[2]

    Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


    Effects in Breastfed Infants:
    Irritability was reported in 20% of infants exposed to pseudoephedrine in one study of breastfeeding mothers.[3]


    Possible Effects on Lactation:
    After a single dose of pseudoephedrine 60 mg orally in 8 nursing mothers, there was a mean 24% decrease in milk production. No change in blood flow to the breast was detected that could explain the decreased milk production; there was a 13.5% decrease in serum prolactin after pseudoephedrine, but this change did not achieve statistical significance. Oxytocin levels were not measured.[2]
    You can check effects of meds on breastfeeding (on bub and lactation) here http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT

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    Have you been to the Dr to rule out a sinus infection - I had one while bfing and a course of abs took care of it.

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    Boil
    1 tsp black peppercorns
    1 bay leaf
    1 tbsp cumin seeds
    1 tbsp coriander seeds
    1 tbsp fennel seeds
    1 Litre water

    let it boil and reduce by half. Drink it 2/3 times a day and repeat till you feel better. you might need to sweeten it with honey. I call it fever tea but it works for any crappy nasal feeling you have.

    also - steam inhalation with vicks and hot showers.

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    I agree with specialpatrolgroup if your sinus pain is feeling severe, then you may have a sinus infection which usually requires some antibiotics. I suffer with chronic sinus infections and am breastfeeding/pregnant and have always been prescribed some Amoxil (safe in lactating) if my sinus' have become infected.

    Failing that, you can stand in a nice, hot steamy shower and massage your sinus' in a downwards direction to try and drain some of the mucous.

    - Put your head over a steaming bucket of Eucalpytus with a towel over your head and let your sinus' drain.

    -Make sure you have enough humidity in your room as sometimes when the air it too dry, you nasal passages become dry and that can give you bad sinus.

    -Saline drops such as FESS squirted in your nose.

    -Chiropractor

    -Accupuncture

    All the best, nothing worse when you're in pain and you can't take anything more hard core than Paracetemol!

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    Thank you so much for your replies. I made another trip to the pharmacy and spoke to another pharmacist re panadine (with codine) as I was unsure. She said that it is not advisable to take this while breastfeeding

    So back to panadol/ occasional nurofen and have a nasal spray (not sudafed, just a saline based one).

    Haven't been to the doc yet, I'll see how I go! It's bad enough to make me whinge/complain but not bad enough yet to make me go to the doctor.

    Missie_mack, I've been using cold not hot on my head and it doesn't help! Your idea makes sense! And thanks Izzys, I'll have to give that a go!

    Kids have a lot to answer for don't they

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    I agree with specialpatrolgroup if your sinus pain is feeling severe, then you may have a sinus infection which usually requires some antibiotics. I suffer with chronic sinus infections and am breastfeeding/pregnant and have always been prescribed some Amoxil (safe in lactating) if my sinus' have become infected.

    Failing that, you can stand in a nice, hot steamy shower and massage your sinus' in a downwards direction to try and drain some of the mucous.

    - Put your head over a steaming bucket of Eucalpytus with a towel over your head and let your sinus' drain.

    -Make sure you have enough humidity in your room as sometimes when the air it too dry, you nasal passages become dry and that can give you bad sinus.

    -Saline drops such as FESS squirted in your nose.

    -Chiropractor

    -Accupuncture

    All the best, nothing worse when you're in pain and you can't take anything more hard core than Paracetemol!
    Thank you! Some great advice there! If it's not gone by the morning I will go to the doctor, promise!


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    Oh I feel for you. I had a shocking cold when BF and I get really bad sinus pain with colds. Hot showers were the best thing - steam really helps get things moving. Just drinking hot water with fresh lemon also helps me.

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