Neti Pots and Breastfeeding

Before using neti pots, nursing women should first talk to their healthcare providers about any potential risks. Although there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that breastfeeding while using a neti pot is safe, there is no reason to suspect that the device would cause any problems. As a matter of fact, neti pot may be a safe alternative treatment for nasal or sinus conditions.

Can I Use a Neti Pot While Breastfeeding?

There is no scientific research that suggests that using a neti pot is safe for breastfeeding women. However, there is no reason to suspect that it would cause problems. In fact, it may be a good choice for breastfeeding women (who are limited in the choice of cold or allergy medications that can be taken while breastfeeding).
It should be noted that this applies only to neti pot usage with saline (salt water) solution. Using aromatic salts (instead of plain saline) might not be equally safe, depending on the particular product.
You should talk with your healthcare provider about breastfeeding and using a neti pot. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about your particular situation. While it is unlikely that your healthcare provider will discourage the use of a neti pot, he or she may have other useful suggestions for treating your particular problem (such as allergies or a common cold).
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