Frequent question: Do antihistamines affect breastfeeding?

All antihistamines are considered safe to use during breastfeeding, as minimal amounts are excreted in the breast milk and would not cause any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.

Do antihistamines reduce milk supply?

High doses of sedating antihistamines have been reported by mothers to decrease milk production, but there is no scientific proof this occurs. Some allergy medications may have both an antihistamine and a decongestant in them.

What antihistamines are safe during breastfeeding?

Non-sedating antihistamines are the preferred choice for a breastfeeding mother:

  • Loratadine (Clarityn®) (Powell 2007, Hilbert 1997),
  • Cetirizine (Zirtek®, BecoAllergy®, Piriteze®, Benadryl®) reaches low levels in breastmilk and is recommended by the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Powell 2007)

Why is Zyrtec not recommended while breastfeeding?

However, caution is advised for cetirizine use while breastfeeding due to the theoretical risk of CNS depression based on limited human data and risk of decreased milk production.

Can I take Claritin while breastfeeding?

Fortunately, you can safely take Claritin while breastfeeding. Claritin is an antihistamine, which passes through breast milk in such a low quantity that it won’t hurt your baby.

Can I take Reactine while breastfeeding?

Claritin or Reactine is safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Benadryl is safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding. *Caution: may decrease milk production during breastfeeding. It may also make the baby sleepy or irritable.

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How long should I pump and dump after taking medication?

If you use recreational drugs in a one-off manner, it’s essential to pump and dump for 24 hours. It’s also necessary to find someone else able to care for and bottle feed your baby while you’re under the influence of drugs.

Does loratadine reduce milk supply?

Studies of the non-sedating antihistamines, loratadine and cetirizine, show low levels of transfer into breast milk and these would be considered the preferred choice antihistamines for a breastfeeding mother.

Should I pump and dump after taking Benadryl?

Effects of Benadryl when breastfeeding

Benadryl doesn’t affect the amount of milk your body makes. However, it may decrease the flow of milk from your breasts. Benadryl can also be passed to your child through your breast milk when you take the pills or use it on your skin.