Week 2

The use of medicine and herbs

There are many medications that are safe to take when you’re breastfeeding, but always get the green light from your doctor – even with over-the-counter meds. Because small traces of the drug can get into your milk, there are some drugs that are safer than others, and some that can even slow your milk production. Search the LactMed database for more information on specific drugs.

As for herbs, just because they’re grown in nature doesn’t mean they aren’t as powerful and potentially dangerous as other medications. The bottom line is herbal remedies haven’t been studied enough to know their true affects and the FDA doesn’t regulate them. Err on the safe side and avoid them when possible, including herbal tea, believe it or not. If you do choose to drink herbal tea (which is usually fine every once in awhile), choose reliable brands that clearly label their ingredients. Varieties like orange cinnamon, lemon, raspberry, and rose hip are considered safer options, but avoid Echinacea, ginkgo and ginseng along with unfamiliar ingredients.

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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