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Breastfeeding and antidepressants

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hurricanemum Wed 24-Jul-13 22:14:25

I am breast feeding DD2 who is now 10 months. She has never taken a bottle, dummy, or any sort of pacifier (other than my boobs) I often co-sleep. I have been Suffering with PND since before the birth. Am feeling a bit better now but I am still nowhere near myself. I have declined medication from the start as bf very important to me and I have heard that people have found their milk dried up when taking antidepressants. Anyway, after ten months I feel that I am almost ready to give up and take some drugs! If I can last through to feeding DD for a year I think I could live with that (I fed DD1 until she self weaned at 2 when I was pregnant with DD2 so have always felt I ought to do the same for number 2). I have been accessing psychological therapy through local hospital but tbh it is of limited use. I think that if I don't get myself out of this depression I am going to lose my marriage. DH is seriously fed up of me and we are constantly arguing. I wonder if taking antidepressants might help me snap out of it a bit and be able to be a bit kind to myself and my hubby. Also have been having major naming issues since first registering DD2 and this is caught up in PND, exacerbating it (I feel) and dH is ignoring the issue and therefore it all just gets worse. (in a nutshell- Basically I wasnt sure on names, had a wobble, registered DH choice and have always regretted. Have trouble naming baby and using name, no birth announcement, name on door etc etc etc. terrible terrible guilt for all of the above)
Does anyone have experience of successfully breastfeeding on antidepressants? What are the implications? Obviously everything goes through to your milk which is why I have never taken them before (less severe PND during first pregnancy and after DD1) Which ones are better/worse? Would love some advice and thoughts on this.

I have posted in breast/bottle feeding forum but thought perhaps better here.

LadyMedea Wed 24-Jul-13 22:57:48

The breastfeeding Network has good info sheets on medications including antidepressants. It would be good to take it along to your GP as they are unlikely to be able to advise very well www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-in-breastmilk-information-and-factsheets.html

hurricanemum Fri 26-Jul-13 20:28:28

Thank you - I have looked at the breastfeeding network and it was really useful so thank you ever so much for that. I am going to take my iPad to the doctors with me!

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