My first big post on MDC!
I gave birth 7 months ago at home to a happy and healthy little boy. I breastfed until a few days ago, when my doctor prescribed me Wellbutrin for PPD, and recommended I stop the BFing once I began to take it. I've had several problems postpartum that seem to add up to postpartum depression with occasional anxiety. The real trouble has been separating possible PPD, from situational factors:
I was in college when I became pregnant unexpectedly. And, to make a long story short, I've had a very difficult time uprooting myself from my former life, moving in with my now fiance, and giving up, or postponing, my future goals and plans (none of which included a child, I never felt even the slightest pang of desire for one), and generally transitioning to a completely different, unplanned, unwanted lifestyle.
My midwife attended home birth was less than ideal, though both myself and baby are physically healthy (for the most part). I'm currently seeing a therapist for all of the above, and have been diagnosed with PTSD related to the birth experience. To bring this all back to center, I'm not a big fan of pills, and taking Wellbutrin is something I would rather not be doing. So, I'm wondering if any you gals have had success seeing a naturopath, or similar, for your PPD...? If so, what treatments, medications, if any, did you use? I currently take fish oil (which I've heard is helpful for PPD), though I've taken it for several years prior to my pregnancy as a supplement, so I'm unable to say I've noticed any difference as a result. I was also taking prenatals up until last week, when I quit breastfeeding. I've been taking Wellbutrin XL for 3 days so far, and since I began, I've had horrible and vivid nightmares, irritability, and nasty spell of feeling faint that lasted 2 hours (I was at my son's pediatrician today toward the end of this spell, and I ended up having to lay down in one of the back rooms of the office, kind of embarrassing!). So, bad side effects aside, all of which my regular doctor promised would abate within a few weeks, I'd rather not be on an antidepressant, period. Any suggestions from the alternative medicine side of things? Thanks for any advice in advance!