The trees. The trees are out to get me. They’re doing their annual germinating thing and the pollen is flying thick and fast. Maple pollen to be exact. It’s peak maple pollen season and my neighborhood is lined with maple trees and I would chop them all down if my eyes weren’t too itchy to see well enough to wield an axe.
In a normal year, I would pop some pills and call it a day but I’m breastfeeding so I need to be a little more cautious about what I take. Not only do I need to think about whether or not allergy medications will transfer to my milk, I need to consider if they will affect my milk supply. According to KellyMom, antihistamines are generally considered safe and shouldn’t have an adverse effect on milk supply. Decongestants are also considered safe but those can reduce supply. (If you have questions about taking medications while nursing, talk to your pediatrician or lactation consultant)
After two pregnancies and breastfeeding two kids, I’ve come up with an arsenal of non-medication-based ways of dealing with the pollen. Click through to see what I do to keep my itchy eyes and snuffed up nose under control during allergy seasons!
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