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How safe is it to breast feed , while taking anti depressants /psychotics? Can the medications be passed through breast milk?
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2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Timothy Brown
Dr. Timothy Brown
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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Myra Skluth
Dr. Myra Skluth
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