What allergy medicine can I take while breastfeeding?


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According to the Breastfeeding Resource Center, using over-the-counter or prescribed allergy medications while breastfeeding is considered safe for the baby. Breastfeeding mothers who are concerned about a decrease in supply should avoid allergy medications that contain psuedoephedrine such as Claritin-D, Allegra-D and Zyrtec-D.

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Breastfeeding mothers can use the original version of common allergy medications without the added decongestant, according to Breastfeeding Resource Center. The decongestant is the part of the medication that decreases milk production and supply. Another alternative for breastfeeding mothers is a nasal spray that is not absorbed through the bloodstream. Homeopathic remedies for allergies are also recommended for breastfeeding mothers who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms.

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