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What is a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

What is a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

Discuss SSRI's: Safe is a relative term. Every medication has potential side effects. Recommend that you talk to your child's pediatrician about possible use of an ssri medication. I believe that the pediatrician should always be part of the team approach when the mother is breastfeeding. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What is a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

What is a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

Recent study report: Wisner & scalea report sertraline, paroxetine, nortriptyline & Imipramine as the most evidence-based medications for use during breastfeeding: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2902256/ must weigh risks/benefits on mother & infant of med vs no med, breatfeeding, etc, with physician. Therapy may reduce depression & its impact on mother & infant. Employ measures for gneral health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

Can you tell me of a safe drug to take for depression while you are breastfeeding?

Consult with: a psychiatrist. They will explain the medications an weigh the pros and cons with you of antidepressant medication while breast feeding. The high incidence of maternal depression has led to new research focusing on helping new mothers. (New York Times did a wonderful 2 part article on it recently) ...Read more

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If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

Consult a physician: There are some medications are are considered relatively safe for breastfeeding women to take. Consult your physician and your lactation consultant. There is always a risk-benefit ratio that must be determined for each individual patient. ...Read more

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Are maternal depression or symptom severity associated with breastfeeding intention or outcomes?

Are maternal depression or symptom severity associated with breastfeeding intention or outcomes?

Yes: Breastfeeding difficulties and depression tend to run together - it's not entirely clear whether the depression affects breastfeeding, or breastfeeding problems lead to depression. I've blogged about this here: http://bfmed.Wordpress.Com/2013/05/30/breastfeeding-and-depression-its-complicated/. ...Read more

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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Breast feeding: Bonding with your baby is a factor to reduce post-partem depression, along with hormonal changes during the process. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, what are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression and how is it treated?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, what are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression and how is it treated?

Symptoms are the : same as a depressed mood at any time. Unfortunately, PPD can harmfully impact your baby's development. Persistence of " baby blues" past 2 weeks or onset between 1-12 mos. after delivery requires referral for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & discussion of pros & cons of meds during breastfeeding. Tell both your OB & your pediatrician. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007215.htm ...Read more

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How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

Get help fast!: Postpartum depression has huge effects on both mom and baby. Get help fast! treatments can be very safe while breastfeeding. You can start with therapy or counseling and support groups. Some need meds, and there are ones safe while breastfeeding. If you are having problems with breastfeeding, get help from a lactation consultant because nursing problems can cause more stress. ...Read more

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Give birth and couldn't breast feed on and was told to stop trying. I feel like my depression is worse. Could that have happened due to depression?

Talk to your doc: There are variety of reasons why a mother can't successfully breastfeed. Having post-partum depression doesn't help. Get help: talk to your doctor about how you are feeling; lactation consultants can help troubleshoot breastfeeding problems. Whatever the outcome with breastfeeding, remember this: not being able to nurse at breast doesn't make you a bad mother or that you've failed your baby. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read more

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I used marijuana before pregnancy to help w/ anxiety & depression (quit while pregnant). Is it unsafe to use while breastfeeding?

I used marijuana before pregnancy to help w/ anxiety & depression (quit while pregnant).  Is it unsafe to use while breastfeeding?

Here's the thing: . As with cigarettes, smoking marijuana ?'s carbon monoxide levels in your blood, crosses the placenta & may impact fetal brain development as early as 3 wks. Post-conception.It passes thru breast milk & is inhaled by your baby even if you smoke outside, being stoned is not optimal for infant development or parenting, has a high risk of accidental death or injury & cps/ legal action. ...Read more

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I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

I am suffering from depression and anxiety. can you suggest some anti depressant or sleeping aid which is safe to take while breastfeeding?

Talk to your doctor : In general it is not a good idea to take psychotropic medications while breastfeeding. You will have to see your doctor for an assessment. You and your doctor will have to discuss your options based on the severity of your symptoms and the overall risk-benefit ratio. I have recommended non-pharmacologic interventions while breastfeeding such as psychotherapy and relaxation tapes. ...Read more

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I'm 25 & extremely flat chested. I mean smaller then an aa cup. I've had 4 kids & got boobs while pregnant & breastfeeding. Its got me that depressed.

I'm 25 & extremely flat chested. I mean smaller then an aa cup. I've had 4 kids & got boobs while pregnant & breastfeeding. Its got me that depressed.

Women need to: Learn to love themselves for who they are, not for some trumped up image that advertising agencies have promoted. Every woman is different and fads about the "perfect body" change from marilyn monroe to twiggy. Your husband must have found you attractive, and your children probably do too, it's time 4 you 2 acccept the whole person you are. Breast size doesn't determine your worth or any woman's. ...Read more

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My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

Not uncommon: Talk with gyn and see lactation specialist- they have multiple aids for you and you are right to want to breast feed, nurture your baby and reduce your breast risks as well. ...Read more

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My child just turned 3 months. I am exclusively breastfeeding But I started taking Elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg for bith my deppression and insomnia. I really do not stop breastfeedin 'n decided to continue. Okey????

My child just turned 3 months. I am exclusively breastfeeding But I started taking Elavil (amitriptyline) 10mg for bith my deppression and insomnia. I really do not stop breastfeedin 'n decided to continue. Okey????

Not the best : Elavil (amitriptyline) is one of the medications that will go into the breast milk if you are taking it. That means breast feeding while taking Elavil (amitriptyline) is like feeding tiny doses of Elvail to your baby. Please talk to your doctor and consider stopping wither the Elavil (amitriptyline) (and switching to something that does not go into breast milk) or breastfeeding. It is in your baby's best interest. ...Read more

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Can depression have any effect on my baby or milk if i am breasteeding?

Can depression have any effect on my baby or milk if i am breasteeding?

Possible: Hopefully you are being treated for the same. If not it can adversely affect milk production or even the motivation to feed. Be positive, and seek help if you have not done so yet. ...Read more

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Depression unable to breastfeed full time. Only extracting 2-3oz per day and supplementing with formula, changed 4x. Is this amount of BM any good?

Depression unable to breastfeed full time.  Only extracting 2-3oz per day and supplementing with formula, changed 4x. Is this amount of BM any good?

Please ensure feeds.: Babies have to be fed any way. Do seek help if your depression-postpartum or otherwise is affecting you adversely. That is crucial. A combination of nursing and formula is smart---it sometimes takes the pressure off you. Please remember---we are all mammals and naturally nurse our young ones. But this can only be achieved with a balance mental state and a relaxed environment. Your OB can help you. ...Read more

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How can I breastfeed if I have post-partum depression?

How can I breastfeed if I have post-partum depression?

Continue nursing: Post partum depression is very real and can be debilitating. You need to consult your own doctor, who can help you with the depressive symptoms. By continuing to breast feed, however, your body can use the experience to help you defeat your depression as well. ...Read more

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Got shot of estrogen today for post partum depression,another tomorrow,start pills fri.is itsafe to breastfeed my 7wk old son 1/2 x a day on estrogen ?

Got shot of estrogen today for post partum depression,another tomorrow,start pills fri.is itsafe to breastfeed my 7wk old son 1/2 x a day on estrogen ?

Talk to your MD now: Breastfeeding occurs in a low estrogen state. Moreover, exogenous estrogen given to a breastfeeding mother may not only stop the process, but transfer the estrogen to your child through breast milk.There are other medications for post partum depression. Talk to your MD now. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more