I haven't looked into this much, because I just always figured "they don't mix, so don't bother researching it." Also, what can I say, I'm depressed and exhausted, so the last thing I wanna look into is this, but I am worried I may not be able to tough through like I thought I would. I know the best person to ask would be a doctor or psychiatrist, but I know if I ask, it's gonna start the sequence of, "go to this doctor, now fill out this questionairre," and I know it's gonna end with multiple appointments, money spent, etc etc.
This is definitely a lifelong issue for me, my depression, anxiety, etc. I won't go into the story of my life!!! But right now, it's beyond fish oil and amino acids from a naturopath.
Right now I am about to have our first baby, and hitting a pretty low point with my depression and anxiety. It's been a steady decline the whole pregnancy, actually the past couple years since I've been off meds. The past 4 months have been the worst. Prenatal depression is what it's called? Don't know, because I am not willing to take anything right now. Maybe it'll be better after I give birth, but if it's not, I was wondering what you guys know about my options while breastfeeding?
Even if something is considered safe-ish, like say, an SSRI while BF'ing, I honestly will probably not want to do it, if the med goes into my milk. If there are meds that don't cross into the milk, that would be great, but I'm doubtful there are.
So I was wondering what kind of other schedules or ways of getting around this you all know about? Like for moms really suffering. Can you freeze a few months' worth of milk in the beginning and BF with no drugs until 3 months, then use frozen milk the rest of the time so you can take the meds? Are there any other options I am not considering?
I definitely do not want to START on formula, that's not an option. Is breastmilk with an SSRI mixed in after the 3rd month still better than formula? I feel like maybe I can survive 3 months....but 6 seems like too much, if this continues.
What would you recommend?
I hope this gets better. Right now I am using coffee as somewhat of an antidepressant.....just to get me to even get out of bed. That is about as good as it gets right now, but I'm too depressed and anxious to do much else. :(