As a breastfeeding mom, especially if this is your first baby, you would go through a whole lot of new things. Most of these would be reduced peace of mind, anxiety from wondering if the baby is hungry again, and most commonly, sleep deprivation.
Sometimes you just want to fall on the bed and find the shortest route to dream Land as quickly as possible but it just doesn’t seem to be coming does it. This is where you’ll need a sleep aid.
In this article, we will talk shortly about what a sleep aid actually is and what it does. Then we will see if there is a safe sleep aid while breastfeeding.
What is a Sleep Aid?
As stated earlier, the main goal after a long day of doing your usual thing and seeing to it that your little prince or/and princess is well fed, the next thing you want to do is find some sleep so that you can continue tomorrow.
Sleep aid is what actually helps you to sleep; however, there are only very few of them you are safe for breastfeeding mothers. Sometimes breastfeeding mothers are scared of the side effects of some of the sleep aids and effects they would have on them and on their babies.
The first question to even answer at all is whether or not it is safe to use sleep aids while breastfeeding. And the answer to that question is that it depends on the sleep aid that you’re using. Let’s attempt to answer the question now.
Are There Really Sleep Aids that are Safe?
The simple answer to that question is yes. There are sleep aids that are safe for breastfeeding mothers and as you may already have guessed, they have side effects. Some of the side effects of these drugs include drowsiness. Yes, and that actually pushes in the sleep for you.
One thing that you must know as a breastfeeding mom is that, the side effects that these drugs bring other than drowsiness may include itchiness, dehydration, overall body weakness, allergy signs like colds, fever, and some others.
Antihistamine-based sleep aids are some that you can trust to not cause any harm to your baby. You rest assured that sleep would always come calling when you need it.
What is the Best Time for Breastfeeding Moms to Use Sleep Aids?
You must note that what works for your neighbor may not work for you. If you do a remote job where you get to wake up at night a lot, you don’t want to be like your neighbor who says she prefers to take hers at night.
The favorite time as far as I’m concerned is just as soon as the baby is breastfed and tucked in bed for a peaceful sleep. That is when you should take your own nap. So it is advisable that you do it just moments before breastfeeding.
Always remember to drink a lot of water, as some of the drugs may dry out the breast milk. I do hope this helps you.