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Breastfeeding and Allergy Season: What’s A Mom To Do?

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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    Breastfeeding and Allergies
    Click through for ways to minimize the suffering without harming milk supply!
  • Cap It 2 of 8
    Cap It
    Wearing a hat outside keeps pollen out of your hair.
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  • Rinse Off 3 of 8
    Rinse Off
    If you've been outside during the day, it helps to take a shower before bed. it gets pollen out of your hair and keeps it off your sheets.
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  • Shut It Down 4 of 8
    Shut It Down
    Closing the vents in your car can help with pollen blowing at your face while you drive.
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  • Breath Strips 5 of 8
    Breath Strips
    If your sinuses feel irritated, Breathe Right Strips can open your nose and make breathing easier.
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  • Stay Inside 6 of 8
    Stay Inside
    On particularly bad days, just stay inside if you can. No need to make yourself miserable.
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  • Spritz 7 of 8
    Spritz
    Saline nasal spray is totally safe and can clean gunk out of your nose and free up breathing.
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  • Anti-Inflammatory 8 of 8
    Anti-Inflammatory
    Taking a breastfeeding-safe medication like Advil to bring down swelling in your nose can be a real relief.
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Read more from Rebekah at Mom-in-a-Million The Broad Side. Follow Rebekah on Facebook and Twitter too!

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