Are there safe anti-anxiety meds to take while BF?

Christa - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety lately and go to see a dr about it this week, but wondered if there are any other BF moms out there who take meds for anxiety that are safe during BF. My baby is 5 months old...and I am already on Zoloft (which doesn't seem to work at all), and Synthroid. I don't want anything that can decrease milk supply, as I already seem to have a low supply. (Don't worry, baby REFUSES a bottle, even of breastmilk, so I exclusively BF!!) I just want some suggestions to bring up to the dr later this week!! Thanks!

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Jenny - posted on 02/22/2010

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Hi Christa, I also have anxiety issues and I saw a psychiatrist who specializes in women's health. She said that most antidepressants are okay and benzos like Ativan are also safe, but may make baby a little drowsy. They're more used for acute anxiety and sleep disturbances, but I was told they are perfectly safe for breastfeeding and won't influence the quantity of milk. The amount that gets passed on is extremely small.

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