Breast feeding while on meds

Linde - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I had been taking 40mg of celexa during my pregnancy. Now my baby is here and I was finally able to see my therapist last week for the first time since I had the baby. I asked her if it was ok to breastfeed while taking celexa and it looks like it is not recommended because there has not been enough research on it. I am now in the middle of switching over to zoloft. Is anyone else in the same/similar boat? It is so important for me to give my daughter my breast milk but the thought of my milk being toxic is really stressing me out.


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Katy - posted on 06/12/2010




i had a really hard time with this when I had my son. Since its really not safe to research, no one has researched it. It is completely up to you on whether you want to chance it with your baby. Most drugs (zoloft and lexapro are two that I know of) are fairly safe to breastfeed with. My advice to you is don't stop taking your meds altogether. breastfeeding was a big deal to me, but your baby needs you sane and healthy above all else.

Liz - posted on 01/08/2010




hello :) im currently on 200mg of Zoloft which is a really high dose, my mum died suddenly 5 days before my little one was born, so i fell even more into my depression.i was on 100mng of Zoloft whilst pregnant. i started breastfeeding exclusivley but my supply didnt keep up, my doctor said it ws because i have been so stressed with my mum passind and my usual depression as well as a new baby (this is my first bub). so i have been mixed feeding (expressing my milk and formula feeding) the day i gave him his first bottle of formula i cried my eyes out. but i am starting to feel better about it as i prefer him to not be getting much of the zoloft in his system. i still express 3-4 times per day and he has that but he also gets formula. its a very personal choice i think :) whatever you think is best really is :) its your baby :)

Sabrina - posted on 01/02/2010




i chose not to breastfeed....its not the end of the world, yes, it is the choice method, i trust your smart enough to know that...but if its just not possible ( so that you stay well and baby is SAFEST ) then thats just what is. do u really want to roll the dice on your babys delicate system?
im guessing not.
you may have the option of a Mothers MIlk Bank, google it on your area.
they can give you breast milk

i think your doctor gave you a straight answer. for your body, your dose and your conditon, its NOT RECOMENDED.

think of it like this...
whats safer? breast milk with Zoloft or store bought formula?

dont make this an emotional chioice.

Jessica - posted on 12/20/2009




i'm on prozac 40mg and nursing my baby. i also was on over 100mg on zoloft when nursing my oldest boy. prozac is alittle more harsh than zolaft. from what my doctor said u can be taking any type of meds and only the smalls about of meds passes threw the breast milk, observe your child if u think he is acting funny stop and tell ur doctors, so from both my boys are find with not side effects what so ever. i no it hard to take meds and think about ur child at the same time but ur taking care of ur self/. also put it this ways to make it alittle not so crazy way of thinking that almost everythrew goes threw ur body what u eat adn drink what u take in comes out . babies are also like sponges if u have bad and good days they react to it. i know i'm going of on a tanget and i'm sorry for that but manly i just wanted to say ur doing a good job. ur not toxic ur baby at all.

Kate - posted on 11/17/2009




I have two kids and with the second I had to take Zoloft and I breast fed her till she was eight months. I did some research and found out that only a tiny amount is transfered into the breast milk. And breast is best for both you and bub, I didnt breast fees my first girl because like you I was scared that the Zoloft would hurt her but I actually found my connection with my second was stronger because of the breastfeeding and also gave me a purpose as a mum. This is only my experience though. Go with your gut and research as much as you can.

Oh and my little one is now nearly two and bright as a button!!!

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