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Ep. 28 – Insomnia Medications and Herbs during Lactation

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Table of Contents
0:30 We’re talking about insomnia
1:15 Insomnia can mask other issues
2:05 Importance of treating insomnia
2:35 There are safe meds
2:55 Thank you to our sponsor Happi Tummi
4:35 DIY research tools
4:55 LactMed (by NIH) database
6:50 Infant risk database
7:40 Prep to see your provider
8:55 When to take meds; half-life consideration
9:30 First up: over-the-counter meds
9:35 Drugs like Aleve PM, Benadryl
10:30 Unisom
11:40 Melatonin
14:10 Thank you to our sponsor Aeroflow
16:05 On to prescription meds
16:15 Benzodiazepines, like Restoril and Halcion
16:45 Heather often recommends Trazodone
17:42 Silenor and Doxepin
18:26 Lunesta
19:05 Rozerem
19:44 Sonata and Zaleplon
20:05 Ambien
21:00 Birth can trigger earlier trauma
22:05 A few helpful DIY tactics
22:45 Five herbs from Herbalist Maureen
23:35 Valerian root
25:05 Hops (yes, what beer’s made of!)
26:57 Passion flower
28:55 Oat straw
30:25 Chamomile (aka Chi-momo-lay!)
34:00 Sources for quality herbs
34:52 What about catnip?
36:20 Thank you for tuning in!
The LactMed app is no longer available, but the database is:
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