View Full Version : BF while taking antidepressants
11-09-2008, 06:44 PM
Has anyone else who is taking antidepressants (lexapro) and breastfeeding noticed any problems with baby? My Psych and OB are both telling me that it's Ok to do this. I've also done some of my own research and read a lot saying that it's Ok just keep baby's pediatrician informed. I am really starting to have some serious PPD issues and feel that medication is best, but I really want to keep BF. I wanted to know if anyone else is having success doing this. Thanks
11-13-2008, 10:38 AM
My regular physician is switching me to Zoloft from Cymbalta for breastfeeding. Apparently, Zoloft has been highly studied and is considered safe for BF. Don't know about Lexapro.
11-13-2008, 04:19 PM
I'm on wellbutrin and I've been breastfeeding my son for 14 months now. The antidepressant I'm taking is very safe while BF. I think that if your doctor prescribed you that while your breastfeeding then it must be fine. As long as they say it good then keep taking it, also if its helping you with PPD you should really keep taking it.
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11-13-2008, 06:05 PM
My Dr said that Lexapro is safe to use while breastfeeding, so I will be going on that. He had recomended Zoloft (which some people, my mom included, love), but I had an adverse reaction to it before. My Dr said not to take Zanax or any other anxiety medication that is in that family of meds while breastfeeding.
11-15-2008, 01:05 PM
true Zoloft has been studied more in breastfeeding and pregnancy but it is also an older medication meaning you may not be taking advantage of the advancements in medicine on this med. Cymbalta and Lexapro do not have studies primarly because the cost to do the studies won't benifit companies at this time (they are expensive). The most important concern is that you are happy and able to enjoy your child. There have been studies done that show childrens moods and mental health are directly related to the mood of their mother. I think breastfeeding is very important to but your mental health is the most important and left untreated could have detremental effects.
11-15-2008, 09:35 PM
I took Zoloft while I was breastfeeding my first daughter, and I didn't have any problems nor did I notice any problems with her. I just gave birth to my second daughter, and I am again breastfeeding while on Zoloft and Wellbutrin. My OB stated that these medicines were considered safe to take while breastfeeding. I have not noticed any reactions or problems with my daughter. Breastfeeding is always the best choice if at all possible, and the beneifts of taking your medication outweigh the risks of not doing so during breastfeeding.
11-16-2008, 11:02 PM
I am not sure about the other meds listed in the discussion but want to give a serious warning about Seroquel...when my child was 3 months old she was still not smiling reaching or doing any of the normal baby things...I seriously thought she had brain damage or was going to be autistic...I quit taking the seroquel just to see if it was affecting her...the next day she started grinning and cooing and doing many other things that were normal for her age...I was stunned the seroquel in a sense was making her a veggie...she just stared at the walls it was making her unemotional like the meds make me (well the make me level). I am working with my doctor to get on a diff med but I just wanted to warn everyone Seroquel will heavily affect a baby (effect? affect?) Anyhow beware!
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