The idea is to make it so the baby isn't going cold turkey on whatever amount of the drug he's getting from me now. I take three pills a day, so it's more than I think a lot of people take, and I'm on Wellbutrin, which I don't remember the details but I believe is in a class of its own as far as anti-depressants go and how it works. While there hasn't been any evidence of it doing anything harmful, it hasn't been as well -studied as the SSRIs yet. So it's a better safe than sorry sort of thing.
I'm going to go down to two a day for a week, then one a day for a week, then zero. That will take me well past my due date because my OB just goes from LMP and I ovulated early (and saw no reason to argue with her when the difference was in my favor in case I got close to 42 weeks). Personally, while I would like to be cautious in the absence of any hard data either way, I (and my therapist) feel like weaning down to 1 pill a day is enough because the baby will still get a small amount in breast milk after the birth. So I'm hoping to go on time/early and not have to see what no pills a day is like. At least that seems likely at this point.
My OB does want me to go immediately back up to a full dose after he's born, though, so that part is good.
I had a pretty rough time postpartum last time and want to do anything to avoid those feelings again. (although a lot of it was the circumstances at the time that are VERY different now so I have my fingers crossed)
Yeah, I don't know much about Wellbutrin. I'm on Zoloft and it's been very well studied in breastfeeding especially.