Should I Keep Breastfeeding Or Not?

Ariel - posted on 06/20/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is 7weeks old and it's only been two days since I've stopped breastfeeding! Reason being I needed to get back on my medicine. Plus she has a cow milk allergy and the way I like to eat I was afraid I was making things worse for her. I feel extremely guilty I want to breastfeed her so bad I'm scared we are going to lose our bond she's my only child. I can't breastfeeding with my medication but I don't no how to let go I've been pumping and storing breast milk in the freezer trying to make myself feel better about it. The Pharmacy said it'll take 5days to get the medicine out of my system I was thinking about taking my meds this week and breastfeeding in two weeks when it's out my system. Any Suggestions? My meds is for depression


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Jodi - posted on 06/20/2013




Medication for depression is not something you can just take for a week and then skip for 2 weeks, and so on. You may as well not be on medication if you plan on skipping it or taking it on and off. It is something you need to be serious about and take every day. They don't even kick in for at least 2 weeks anyway. However, discuss this with your doctor, because there are plenty of depression medications that are safe for breastfeeding mothers.

Denikka - posted on 06/20/2013




I wouldn't go on and off your meds, but if you are okay without them for a while, I would breastfeed as much as possible.
I'm also on depression meds and have gone off them (almost a week now) because of potential complications during delivery (due in less than 3 weeks). It's been a bit of a struggle, but I'm coping for now.
That's pretty much my thought process. If you can determine where you're at emotionally before it gets bad, then you can monitor yourself and be off the meds for as long as possible. Then when and if you need to go back on them, you know that you've done your best.

You may also want to talk to your doctor about switching your meds to something that is at a lower dosage and/or safe for use while breastfeeding. Try other options for managing your depression and see how effective that is.
If you really want to breastfeed, then just do your best without the meds for as long as you can. But if you need to go back on them, don't feel bad. A healthy, emotionally stable momma is WAY more important than one who can breastfeed.

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