Nursing mothers sometimes cannot take their time for themselves. They are too busy with the newborn babies who cry in the whole night. With more energy to spend, they may feel too tired and get sick. It is possible if viral or bacterial infection leads to sever sore throat. It is something natural if they have concern to find some possible medications without giving any harm for the baby and the breast milk.
Some natural ways to ease sore throat while breastfeeding
1. Salt water
It is a common medication that you can take to ease the discomfort in the upper respiratory as well as sore throats. You can mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 cup of warm water for gargling several times daily to heal sore throat. This way is recommended by American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
In case that you feel sore throat followed by cold symptoms, avoid rinsing nose by using homemade or commercial salt water solution, saline or clearing nasal mucus temporarily since these ways will only lead to couch and then irritate the raw throat. Most pharmacies offer neti pots as well as squeeze bottles with premeasured salt powder.
For many complaints, honey is the best natural medicine. It can be the potent medicine for your sore throat especially when it is followed by severe cough. Honey is used because it is a demulcent since it coats and soothes the irritated area, in this case is your throat.
Many laboratory experiments showed that honey has antibacterial, antiviral ad anti-inflammatory substances. Based on 2007 “JAMA Pediatrics” study, using honey at bedtime will help children with cold for less cough and increase their sleep quality, while its impact to nursing mothers have not been studied yet, but it creates the similar soothing effects. It is not recommended to give honey for children who are less than 1 year due to the high risk of infant botulism.
3.Hot and cold drinks
Even if the research about the effectiveness of using hot and cold drinks to heal sore throat is still limited, but many people discovered that herbal tea give soothing effect to their sore throats. It is also recommended to take licorice root, marshmallow root teas and slippery elm bark as the natural medications for sore throats.
It is because these herbs are believed to be demulcents in throat. Others may experience different by believing that cold drinks and foods work for the pain just like using ice for a swollen ankle to reduce the swelling and the pain.
Well, it is important to note that sore throats caused by viruses. But some cases showed that it can be caused by bacterial infections with the strep throats. If sore throats are caused by bacterial, it is important to take antibiotics.
Ask your healthcare provider to evaluate about your condition so you know the warning signs at the very first beginning especially if you have extremely sore and red throat followed by swelling on another side of the throat as with pain and difficult to swallow, chills and fever, headache, tonsils and stomach pain.