Last update Aug. 11, 2017
Very Low Risk
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.
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.
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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.
e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
Would you like to recommend the use of e-lactancia? Write to us at corporate mail of APILAM