Suffering from a urinary tract infection is never convenient; but what is worse perhaps is getting it when you have just delivered a baby or are nursing one. Naturally your first thought would be to take over the counter medicine for uti while breastfeeding. While some OTC medicines like Azo for UTI pain are generally safe for breastfeeding moms, it is still better to double check with an OB/GYN before taking them. Let us take a look at some natural cures for uti while breastfeeding.
1. Cranberry Juice
This is the best natural cure for UTI when nursing your baby. However, you must ensure that you drink only 100% real cranberry juice and not the preservative or sugar-laden artificial stuff. Drink 2-3 glasses of cranberry juice throughout the day. This simple remedy eliminates bacteria and will also get rid of excessive peeing, pain and discomfort. You can also take cranberry pills which are readily available in the market.
2. Drink tons of water
Uti can sometimes affect breast supply mainly due to the stress and dehydration associated with it. Therefore, every breastfeeding mom must drink tons of water and more so, if she is suffering from UTI. 8-10 glasses of water will help eliminate bacteria and flush out toxins. It will also prevent dehydration which worsens UTI symptoms.
3. Hot pack/warm compress
Use a warm compress on your abdominal region to treat cramps and pain. You can heat up some water in a bottle and press it gently against your tummy. Alternatively, soak a towel in hot water to which you have added essential oils like Lavender or Chamomile. Then wring out excess water and press the towel against the tummy. Relax for 10 minutes. This remedy will soothe the abdomen and give you much needed relief from pain.
4. Use herbs
Many pain relieving herbal teas can help you get rid of infection, pain and swelling. Try chamomile, comfrey, calendula and mint but make sure that they are caffeine free as caffeine tends to further dehydrate and worsen symptoms of UTI. Many of these herbs heal, protect and even eliminate bacteria in the body. You can also take dandelion root tea for UTI but do not take it in large quantities.
Caution- Do Not Use herbs like Uva Ursi , Goldenseal or Juniper for UTI during breastfeeding. All these herbs are unsafe for pregnant and nursing mothers.
Take D-mannose for UTI; it is a safe natural UTI remedy. This medicine will not go into the milk supply as it almost always goes to the urinary tract and gets excreted through the urine. Many women have experienced relief from frequent UTIs using D mannose and it is considered even more effective than antibiotics.
It is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers to take probiotics when suffering from uti. Probiotics are friendly bacteria and we already have some in our intestine. They are also actually good for your baby. You can get ‘good’ bacteria through yogurt, milk kefir, sauerkraut, fermented foods like miso etc.
7. Take some time to relax
Fussy babies can increase your stress which is the last thing you’d want when fighting UTI. So take some time off. Relax in a rocking chair. Colicky babies increase maternal tension and can affect your milk supply. Get help from friend or relatives to help you while you rest.
8. Urinate frequently
It is important to drink a lot of water and urinate frequently to eliminate the bacteria from the urinary tract. Take a break from breastfeeding at regular intervals to pee and also rehydrate.
9. Wear loose cotton underwear
Avoid wearing tight leggings, synthetic and nylon underwear. Always wear loose comfortable cotton panties.
Use these natural remedies to treat UTI while breastfeeding. If your symptoms do not ease up or appear to worsen, then see your doctor immediately. You might need to take Amoxicillin for UTI when breastfeeding. This is generally safe medicine to take while nursing but it could pass on to the baby and affect its natural bacterial flora in the mouth. You can make up for that by taking probiotic supplements. Ask your doctor about alternatives to amoxicillin for uti when breastfeeding.