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A 20-year-old female asked:

How safe is it to breast feed , while taking anti depressants /psychotics? can the medications be passed through breast milk?

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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
They pass thru milk: You need to discuss with your md. A depressed mom is not good for infants. You must evaluate the benefits to mom'smental cd risk to baby.
Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
May be OK: It depends on which medication you are taking. Some, sertraline for instance, have been extensively studied, appear to be safe and don't affect milk production. Some, like lithium, are probably unsafe. Many simply have not been studied well so it becomes a judgment call about risks and benefits.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Yes : Anti psychotic & anti depressant medications pass through breast milk and can affect your baby. Effect on the baby varies depending on the medication. Your baby may also have withdrawal side effects if you stop taking your meds suddenly which could be serious. If you decide to breadfeed on these meds, time the feeding when the medications are least likely to be concentrated in your milk.

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