Childhood Diseases

Posted by: LISA | 2011-10-03


Depression and breastfeeding

Hi there, I have been struggling with depression on and off for the last couple of years. I am currently breastfeeding by 3 month old baby and I do not want to take any meds that could harm her, yet I feel like I cannot keep going on like this. Is there ANY treatment for depression that I can try without having to worry about my baby?

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This is an important question.The anti-depressive medicines all pass into breast milk in very small amounts.Prozac crosses in quite significant amounts and is not recommended.Zoloft [paroxetine] crosses in virtually undetectable amounts and is considered the safest anti-depressant to take for breastfeeding moms.

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Posted by: LISA | 2011-10-04

THANX SO MUCH!I wanted to try going on without any help but I just cant anymore. I will definately find out about these 2 options!

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011-10-04

Hi Lisa

Sorry that you have to go through this. I was in the same boat with my last 2 kids. The only antidepressant that does not appear in breastmilk is Zoloft. You can breastfeed safely while taking it. Good luck and enjoy your little one.

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