Last update Aug. 11, 2017


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Common cold is due to viral infection of upper respiratory tract. Specific treatment does not exist. It is a self-limited condition that lasts from 2 to 5 days.

Causal viruses are not transmitted through the breast milk. Breastfeeding is not contraindicated, instead, stopping nursing would be harmful for the child because it may prevent her or him from taking specific antibodies (immunity) that are produced by the mother.

Isolation of the mother or child is not justified. Thouroughly hand washing is most effective to minimized the risk of transmission.

For symptomatic relief of nursing mothers Ibuprofen, Paracetamol (Acetaminophen), Acetyl-cysteine, Dextromethorphan, Triprolidine, Pseudoephedrine, Mucolytics and Expectorants are compatible with breastfeeding. Antihistaminic-drugs should be taken at lower dose. Medicine associations should be avoided. Consult your health provider.

See below the information of these related products:

  • Acetylcysteine ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Dextromethorphan ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Ibuprofen ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Paracetamol ( Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.)
  • Pseudoephedrine (Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.)

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Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Cold is also known as Maternal Cold. Here it is a list of alternative known names::


  1. Cantey JB, Bascik SL, Heyne NG, Gonzalez JR, Jackson GL, Rogers VL, Sheffield JS, Treviño S, Sendelbach D, Wendel GD, Sánchez PJ. Prevention of mother-to-infant transmission of influenza during the postpartum period. Am J Perinatol. 2013 Abstract
  2. Sendelbach DM, Sanchez PJ. Varicella, influenza: not necessary to separate mother and infant. Pediatrics. 2012 Aug;130(2):e464; author reply 465-6. Abstract
  3. Lanari M, Sogno Valin P, Natale F, Capretti MG, Serra L. Human milk, a concrete risk for infection? J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012 Abstract
  4. Mitchell JL. Use of cough and cold preparations during breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 1999 Abstract

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