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post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
So, i've been on Zoloft since december for PPD. But it turns out that I have a number of different problems, and zoloft just won't address all of them. My doctor checked and recheck all the different possible prescriptions... but said that zoloft was really the only one known to be mostly safe for breastfeeding. About all the zoloft has done for me is to dramatically decrease the intrusive thoughts regarding my baby. He said we'd try upping the zoloft again, and then if that didn't work, i'd have to choose between feeling better and being a happier mom on a better medication, or breastfeeding my baby and having her get the benefits of breastmilk. I'm really torn about this. While I really want my baby to get the benefits of breastmilk, I really do want to feel better.

If I do switch to formula, what kind should I buy? (i'm on wic) I know you guys might think i'm horrible for even thinking of switching to formula. It really is a tough decision for me.
post #2 of 47
Just a quick question--have you thought about getting milk donated to you? This site might be able to help:

http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/

What a tough decision, mama! I don't envy your position. Wish I could help about formula, but I am woefully uninformed on that front. Best of luck to you.
post #3 of 47
I am so sorry you are in this position, but I applaud you for taking care of yourself and your baby! I second the suggestion of finding donor milk. I was a milk donor for ds's first 12m. One of the mom's I gave to had a medication issue which prevented her from BF and she was able to supplement with mostly BM. Hang in there mama!
post #4 of 47
Oh Mama, I am so sorry you are in this place. I agree with To-Fu, check out the milkshare for your little one. I don't know much about what formula to choose either, but I couldn't read and not reply. I hope everything works out.
post #5 of 47
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the milk donor program has crossed my mind. Even if they could just give me 4 oz a day, that would help my babe with the antibodies she needs to fight off bugs and such. I'll for sure look into that.
post #6 of 47
I looked around for a "back-up" formula when I was preggo for the off chance that I would need it. I decided on Earth's Best Organic but never actually used it. It had the best reviews and balance of DHA/ARA of the organic options, USDA certified. I wouldn't go with soy since it is now said to be harmful if eaten too much.

On the bright side..I think I read that your LO was born on 9/17, so at least she had the wonderful benefits of BM for 5 mths & if she's ready for solids soon, she won't need to have much formula.

Good Luck with this difficult decision
post #7 of 47
With formula it's hit and miss. Some babies like one brand but it gives another baby tons of gas/makes them constipates/whatever.

I buy the Target brands version of Similac Advance with prebiotics. It's more expensive than the plain Target brand but still way less than the name brand.
post #8 of 47
I would first get a list of the possible medications you might be on, then make an appointment with an IBCLC and have her check Hale's Medications & Mother's Milk to see what class each drug is...it might not be as bad as you think to continue breastfeeding; the doctor was probably trying to cover himself for insurance purposes, but I know many women who have breastfed on other antidepressants, etc than just Zolof.
post #9 of 47
You need a healthy mom to have a healthy babe. You've given a wonderful gift for getting this far.

As far as what formula, check to see what your WIC office supplies. It will either be an Enfamil brand or a Similac brand. I'd stick to what they will give you vouchers for if you end up going down that route.
post #10 of 47
WIC generally covers Enfamil and Similac, I think.

I definitely don't think you're horrible, not even close. You want to do what's best for your baby, and you're finding it difficult to decide what that is right now.

Personally, if I were in your place, I'd switch to formula in a heartbeat. If you can find a medication that works and is safe, great. If you can get milk from a bank or a donor so your lo can continue to get some breastmilk, wonderful. But you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of your lo, and if that means formula, go for it. Remember what the the flight attendants say - put on your own oxygen mask before helping your child into hers. If you can't function and are having intrusive thoughts, it's time to put on your oxygen mask. Yes, breastmilk is ideal nutrition, but your relationship with you lo is much more important than what she eats.
post #11 of 47
Personally, I would not make the decision to wean without first consulting Hale's book, Medications and Mother's Milk. There are many options available to breastfeeding mothers for mental health treatment.
post #12 of 47
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Originally Posted by veganf View Post
I would first get a list of the possible medications you might be on, then make an appointment with an IBCLC and have her check Hale's Medications & Mother's Milk to see what class each drug is...it might not be as bad as you think to continue breastfeeding; the doctor was probably trying to cover himself for insurance purposes, but I know many women who have breastfed on other antidepressants, etc than just Zolof.
I know there are a few antidepressants etc that are compatible with breastfeeding and most Drs are NOT clued up on that! Especially now you child is older (i.e. not a newborn) the number of possible medications goes up as she will better tolerate some of them if they were to get (in small amounts) into your milk.
post #13 of 47
Oh, Rachel!!! I was in your DDC and I remember you so well!!! I am so sorry you're having trouble. This decision must be tearing you up. I agree with PPs that you should do what you need to do to be a healthy mama and not feel one ounce of guilt!!!

I'm on Lexapro and have been throughout pg and nursing. There's a big label on every bottle that says "DO NOT USE WHILE BREASTFEEDING" but I talked it over with my psychiatrist and decided to continue with meds while nursing. It wasn't an easy decision, but I'm at peace with it. I'm just doing the best I can, and so are you.

I couldn't not respond when I saw your name.... hang in there. :
post #14 of 47
Research the meds yourself. MOST are safe while breastfeeding. Nearly all MDs are ignorant of this.

-Angela
post #15 of 47
A happy mom is more the best important thing. You'll be able to find something to help. Please don't get hung up on whether an actual Doctor tells you what you need. They aren't always evil.
post #16 of 47
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Research the meds yourself. MOST are safe while breastfeeding. Nearly all MDs are ignorant of this.

-Angela
doctors are nowhere near perfect, and most will say anything to avoid liability. always do your own research. look into alternative forms of treating your mental health problems...holistic treatments, chiropractic, acupressure/acupuncture, talk therapy, art/music therapy, group support.

I would not ever stop breastfeeding for any reason unless there was no other way. In your case, there probably is another solution. Formula is second rate. Nothing compares to breastmilk...nothing.
post #17 of 47
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Research the meds yourself. MOST are safe while breastfeeding. Nearly all MDs are ignorant of this.

-Angela
And there are numerous ones that are not. Especially when you get into pyschotropics.

OP, you do what you need to do in order to be healthy. That is first and foremost.

I was in a very similar position when I was nursing my twins. I got a lot of flack from some posters here (including nasty pm's) about weaning them in order to go on meds. The bottom line was I needed meds to keep me alive and sane. The meds I needed were not ones you can take while nursing. I made the decision to wean and take my meds. Three years out from that I am happy, sane and ALIVE. My twins are 5, happy, loving and amazing little people. I have NO regrets about doing what was best for me, for my family at that time.

Breast is best. But not if it means that mom is thinking of hurting herself or her babes. Breastmilk won't do anyone any good if mom or babe ends up hurt or worse.

Much love to you! I know how hard this is. Feel free to PM if you want to talk.
post #18 of 47
There are quite a few anti depressants that are compatible with nursing, but should non of those work, and you need to try ones that arn't, you shouldn't feel any guilt over it like these women are implying.

Formula is not poison, and your child deserves a mentally stable mother that doesnt want to kill themselves or the child. What use is breastfeeding for 2yrs if the kids mother kills themselves a week after the second birthday? Concentrate on getting yourself healthy so your child has a mother to be around at all to care for them, worry about the foodsource later.
post #19 of 47
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Originally Posted by leosmommy View Post
doctors are nowhere near perfect, and most will say anything to avoid liability. always do your own research. look into alternative forms of treating your mental health problems...holistic treatments, chiropractic, acupressure/acupuncture, talk therapy, art/music therapy, group support.

I would not ever stop breastfeeding for any reason unless there was no other way. In your case, there probably is another solution. Formula is second rate. Nothing compares to breastmilk...nothing.
Not taking issue with you but a mother who is healthy and not wanting to hurt herself or anyone else IS better than breastmilk.

The OP is looking for formula suggestions if she needs them due to meds. Can we please support her, give her the information she needs and not guilt trips? Please?
post #20 of 47
Yes, we all know that breat milk is best. But for some of us breast milk is just not possible! Most of the time banked milk is pastuerized (which really defeats the whole purpose) and can be pricey. I formula feed (I did have donor milk but my LO was NOT tolerating it) and my LO is doing great! I would just talk with your ped. Mine recommended Enfamil over Similac but they are all about the same. Just remember, your LO will be just fine on formula!!! As a mom you do what you have to do.
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