Elizabeth - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




So I have been feeling real sick lately. I'm tired all the time, I can't seem to eat, I have constant headaches, and I just seem to be sad. I think I have postpartum and I'm going to set up an appointment with my doctor. My question is, if I do have postpartum and I'm prescribed medication, is it safe to take while breastfeeding? My supply is super low right now and I'm trying to build it up, but if I can't nurse and take the medication there isn't much of a point. Anyone else nurse and have to take medication?


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Anna - posted on 01/11/2009




I'm sorry you are feeling so sad and that you are struggling.  Good for you for reaching out and seeking help!  My sister has a mental illness and was unable to breastfeed because she had to re-start taking her medication that would have passed through the milk.  It was a very hard decision for her, but when it came down to it, her healthy baby needed a healthy mommy.  There are alternative coping strategies to medication if you are determined to keep breastfeeding.  Counseling can really make a huge difference.  If you do end up deciding to stop nursing, don't let it add to your stress...they make formula for reasons such as this.

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2009




I was diagnosed with PPD. I unfortunately had waited 6 weeks to get help and wished I had not. The safest antidepressant to be on and breastfeed is Zoloft. You can look on the website and find all meds that are safe. The site is sometimes difficult to navigate.

I was filled with anxiety, fear, did not bond with my son, cried ALL the time for no reason, extremely sad that I had my son, did not want to call my friends or go anywhere etc. Now that I am on Zoloft I am myself!

I highly recommend reading Brooke Shields Book "Down Came the Rain" It is about her journey through PPD.

Get help is the best advice I can give! You will so happy that you did. Hang in there. Do not allow the doc to tell you that you have to stop breastfeeding either!

Hope you feeling yourself real soon.

Mary - posted on 01/10/2009




I'll check back for other's answer, just wanted to let you know you're not alone.  I was just doing research yesterday as I'm feeling the same way - very sad, but also anxious and full of fear.  I almost feel paralyzed with worry and dread.  I'm going to call my dr. as well.  We'll see what she has to say about meds. as I'm also breastfeeding.  You're really not alone - hang in there and see what your dr. says.  Best wishes as you sort this out!

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