Is It Safe? 10 Answers For Breastfeeding Moms’ Common Health Questions (Part 2)

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By choosing to breastfeed our babies, not only are we aiming to give them the best for their health but we’re also committing ourselves to become a host for nutrition–just as we were during pregnancy. Although not as direct anymore, there are several things that could worry any first-time breastfeeding mother because of the fact that some of the things that you ingest can reach and affect your milk and, therefore, your baby.

Here are several common health issues that may help ease your mind while you breastfeed your baby:

Is it safe…

1.   To lose weight

It’s perfectly safe to lose weight while breastfeeding, but only if you do it slowly. This is because losing weight too quickly releases toxins (such as PCBs and pesticides) that are stored in your body fat into your bloodstream, and we know that whatever makes it into your bloodstream also makes its way to your breastmilk.

If you’re thinking of actually joining a workout program, keep in mind that you should take at least 10 months to a year before you should achieve that pre-baby weight. Or, better yet, just continue breastfeeding, because it’s bound to naturally make you lose the excess weight (and that post-delivery pouch) by using stored energy in fat to make milk.

2.   To nurse while I’m sick

Usually, yes. Your common cold, flu, or even stomach virus is harmless to your breastfeeding child, even if you end up running a fever. The fact is, you probably already exposed your baby to the sickness the day before you started showing symptoms. Nursing while sick is even the best way to protect your child because you’ll be passing antibodies to your baby when you breastteed. Pretty cool, huh?

3.   Take cold medicine

Yes. There are a lot of cold medications that are perfectly safe for breastfeeding moms to take. To be sure, stick to products that target one symptom rather than multiple ones, because the latter usually has several drugs combined in each pill or liquid.

Most decongestants are safe, with only 1% of the common active ingredient, pseudoephedrine, usually ends up in your breastmilk. For your cough, anything that has dextromethorphan is considered safe. You can limit your and your baby’s exposure to unsafe drugs by also sticking to your doctor’s prescribed cold medication.

4.   To take birth control pills

Birth control methods are generally safe during breastfeeding, but those that contain estrogen can lower your milk supply. While estrogen can be beneficial for your body because you run low of it while nursing, it can mess up your milk production.  However, progesterone, the other common hormone ingredient in birth control pills, helps boost milk production. You’re better off taking a progesterone-only pill (also called the mini pill).

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