Ask a doctor before giving this medicine to a child under 12 years of age. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. When applying this medicine to your breast, avoid areas that may come in contact with the baby’s mouth.
Creams and sprays for muscle pain are safe to use. Ibuprofen (Nurofen, Actiprofen) or Diclofenac (Voltaren) are the preferred anti-inflammatory drugs during breastfeeding.
Sage, Parsley, Peppermint and Menthol
Sage, Parsley, Peppermint and Menthol have been shown to decrease milk production in women who consume large amounts.
OTC topical creams are generally safe to use while breastfeeding.
Common medicines not recommended during breastfeeding include: Codeine. Decongestants available as tablets, liquids or powders to swallow. some nasal decongestants available as nasal sprays or drops – check with your GP or pharmacist before use
Breastfeeding mothers may need to apply various creams and ointments to their skin while breastfeeding. These products are very little absorbed into breast milk and most products can be used without interrupting breastfeeding.
As with many medicines, use while breastfeeding is not recommended. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist about suitable alternatives.
You may arch forward into your chest and your breathing may become more restricted. Upper back muscles can become overstretched and weak. Pectoral muscles become short and tight. You can assume positions through your lower spine and pelvis that can negatively impact function.
Increasing breastfeeding (and/or pumping) for a few days can help increase your supply. If you have a cold, avoid antihistamines—they are known to reduce milk production. Menthol cough drops can also affect your stash.
1 Killer of breast milk supply, especially in the first few weeks after delivery. Between lack of sleep and adjusting to baby’s schedule, increases in certain hormones such as cortisol can dramatically reduce your milk production.
Cabergoline can be used for milk suppression. It works by stopping the body’s production of prolactin
Warnings on topical use of menthol while breastfeeding
The manufacturer does not recommend its use while breastfeeding. Comments: – Oral ingestion of menthol resulted in detectable levels in breast milk; There are no data on the excretion of topically applied menthol in breast milk.
You may think that pain relievers in the form of creams or ointments are safe to use, but some can prove toxic to your baby. Ointments containing capsaicin, menthol, benzocaine, or camphor (like tiger balm) can be harmful if they get on your baby’s skin or are inhaled in sufficient quantities.
This drug passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm an infant.
How do I know if my breasts are empty? There is no test or way to know for sure. In general though, if you gently shake your breasts and they mostly feel soft and you don’t feel the heaviness of the milk inside, you’re probably fine.