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pnd and bf, can you take anything?

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askaskask Mon 13-May-13 17:34:49

Went to the doctor last week as finally had to admit I am not coping and sick of feeling like this.
If I'm honest, this was really hard to do. I've not spoken to anyone else about this and I guess I was kidding myself it would just go away.
The doctor has given me a questionnaire to fill in and asked me to go back at the end of the week. He wants me to see the health visitor also.

The part I need help with is this; he said he would have put me on medication there and then only I'm still bf dd (12mo). I'm not 100% sure I'd be totally happy taking anything but the thought that he'd just dismissed it straight away has concerned me. He basically said if he thought my score on the questionnaire was bad enough, I'd have to stop bf and go on meds - is this right?!
I really don't want to stop bf as its the only thing I feel I've really achieved with dd. Is there no other way?

Also, if anyone has any experience of taking meds with bf I'd really appreciate any advice you could offer.

Weegiemum Mon 13-May-13 17:36:50

I took sertraline through 3x breast feeding and through 2 pregnancies too.

Was fine!

askaskask Mon 13-May-13 17:42:48

So there are meds you can take? He went through this big book saying 'no, no, no' and has really worried me that I'll have to stop bf? He kept saying 'well its not like you need to now'

Lonelybunny Tue 14-May-13 14:22:54

Yes you can I'm on citalopram and breastfeeding up to 6 times a day

Lonelybunny Tue 14-May-13 14:23:48

Go to a diff GP one wanted to give me seroxat which is horrid but another GP said citalopram ,

Crawling Tue 14-May-13 20:42:46

I took seroxat. And anti pychs which are worse while bf.

Hoophopes Tue 14-May-13 21:36:17

Hi the peri- natal psychiatrist that they contacted to check what was ok to take said sertraline and fluoxetine were ok when breast feeding.

mawbroon Wed 15-May-13 00:45:32

I am on Lofepramine because it is compatible with bf.

MeerkatMerkin Wed 15-May-13 00:53:10

Yes. Take sertraline. It will help. Hope you feel better at coping soon. I am on it, diagnosed with PND when my DS was 18 months. I self-referred too and couldn't have found the GP more helpful. flowers

MeerkatMerkin Wed 15-May-13 00:57:21

Ignore current GP btw! If he says that and you WANT to continue bfing then he's not the one who will help you. Change GP. I am still bfing DS 2.4 (my choice) on 100mg sertraline. I was on 50mg initially but my dosage was raised when I was trying to cope with a MC and a death in the family. If you feel you need am antidepressant to take the edge off then you probably do. Well done on coping so far x

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