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cough medicine while nursing?

I have a 2 month old baby girl, and I am breastfeeding her.  She has never had formula and she is doing great.  My question is this: I have bronchitis, I get it every year.  I am already started on amoxicillin, but my cough is getting worse.  I have had bronchitis turn into pneumonia before, and I would like to prevent it from happening again.  Is it alright for me to take an OTC cough medicine and/or a nasal decongestant?  I'm concerned about the affect these medicines may have on my baby, since I am nursing.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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93532 tn?1349374050
I would only take guafenisin nothing with dextromethorphan. Afrin is also safe to use. As always, run this by the pharmacist before taking.
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242516 tn?1368227505
Hi, this is a from Nurse Practicioner neonatology friend of mine:

" I would say that any over the counter medication can cross into the breastmilk, so check with your pediatrician"

From Enoch:
I agree, many OTC meds do cross, but most are safe.  You should ask your pediatrician.
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