Colds, Infections, Medicine, and Breastfeeding


On Wednesday I started feeling that tickle in the back of my throat.  That one that means the next week or so will involve lots of tissues and tylenol.  Great.  Since I’m nursing and decongestants can impact my milk supply, I’m pretty much stuck with home remedies.

Then Thursday afternoon, while the cold was still trying to decide if it was going to clobber me or not, WHAM!  A UTI (bladder infection) hit.  This  meant a trip to the doctor and antibiotics.  I do not mess around with UTIs. And Pro-tip: Most antibiotics are perfectly safe for breastfeeding moms.

Friday, while I’m still feeling not so hot from the UTI, the cold decides that, yes, it will go ahead and make my life miserable.  Thankfully, by Friday afternoon, the UTI seemed to be on its way out the door, but the cold, oh, the cold.  It was obviously settling in to stay.


Saturday, I woke up to incredible pain in my sinuses and the UTI symptoms back.  A visit the urgent care doctor and 2 hours and $110 later, I was back at home with a new antibiotic to kill both the UTI and the sinus infection.  It was a miserable day.

Today is also not that much fun.  The Bactrim kicked the UTI’s ass and the pain in the sinus isn’t so bad, but the cold is a virus and just has to run its course.

So what’s a gal to do if she can’t just take a Dayquil and get on with her life?  I’ve been trying out a few options.

First and foremost is my beloved Neti Pot.  If you haven’t heard of one of these, check out this video!  I don’t recommend eating and watching.  Also, do you love this woman’s facial expression?  That’s exactly how I look while I’m neti potting.  Really.  Honest and true.

Neti potting is freaky.  It’s also wonderful and awesome.  No, it doesn’t hurt.  It actually feels really good and soothing.  Unless you don’t add enough salt.  Then it burns like hell.  Here’s how I mix my neti water:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Some folks add baking soda saying it’s more soothing that way.  I find baking soda to be more irritating, so I leave it out.

The other thing I’m trying is an ayurvedic drink that an Indian friend told me about.  Here’s the recipe for that.

  • 1 cup hot milk (I nuke it in the microwave)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (the yellow stuff)
  • Honey to taste

Mix the turmeric and honey into the milk and allow it to cool to warm.  This gives the turmeric enough time to dissolve (sort of ) into the milk.  Then you drink up.  It’s delicious and soothing.  The idea behind it is that turmeric is antiseptic.

There’s actually been some research coming out about turmeric lately.  It’s looking kind of promising for a variety of ailments.

I found that early on in the cold, it would keep the symptoms at bay for a couple of hours.  Now that the cold has settled in, it’s not helping quite as much, but it’s still yummy and soothing.

Other things I can take:

  • Mucinex
  • Affrin (sparingly)
  • Tylenol
  • Advil

So that’s my life right now.  Just trying to kick this cold before I have to get on a plane to Ecuador on Saturday.

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