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post #21 of 32


i tried paxil it was awful now im on zoloft and it works great i bf no side effects and i fell pretty good but my doctor is also great. Good luck and get ahold o ppd before it gets u.
post #22 of 32
I take prozac 10 mg, and worry that my son's thrush is caused by a reaction to the prozac
post #23 of 32

I was on zoloft at 8mos of pregnancy

I was very scared thinking the zoloft was hurting him, He is perfectly fine. Your baby will be fine the doctor knows what he is doing. So please dont worry. If u are worry u could switch to formula..thanks laura
post #24 of 32
Studies have shown that minute traces of the meds pass through the breastmilk to the baby, so much so that it is typically undetectible in the baby's blood. Remember that formula is derived from cow's milk which comes from cows who have often been given growth hormones and antibiotics. The antibodies in human milk can not be duplicated in artificial milk and artificial milk is a meager substitute for mama's milk. Most professionals educated in breastfeeding and medications will tell you that ssri's are safe for nursing mothers and that mothers milk is still preferrable to formula.

I would hate for any mama to give up a wonderful breastfeeding experience because they are worried about taking a SSRI.

***Keep in mind that MAOI's and some other medications given for things such as panic and anxiety (the Benzo's and mood stablers) are a different story and a professional should be consulted.
post #25 of 32

I was on zoloft when I was pregnant not breastfeeding

I choose to bottlefeed and thats my choice. I have post-tramatic disorder and antiexy order. Babies can sense when mom is nervous when breastfeed so thats why I opt for formula and he is just as healthy as breastfeed babies. With meds I choose not to breast feed because of my mental and emotional well-being.
post #26 of 32
Zoloft is considered the safest SSRI for nursing moms.

I had severe anxiety disorder and PPD after we had some tragedies in our families after the birth of my dd.

I don't generally take meds but I was really having problems and the Zoloft really helped me. I stopped taking it after awhile as I was doing much better.

Babies can sense when mom is stressed but IMO they would still sense it whether or not they were nursing.

mommy2andrew you won't fail at being a mom for not nursing. Breastmilk is the ideal food for babies but sometimes things just go wrong or mom isn't doing so well.
post #27 of 32
When I was pregnant everyone asked " Are u going to breastfeed"? I heard it from WIC,ladie at my baby showers,in magazines. Why is it such a big deal? By making moms feel
for not breastfeeding. I took my son to the doctor and the doctorasked if I breastfed I told him no and he: and looked . He made me fully like my son was colicky cause he wasnt breastfed. I know women who breastfed and there kids were sick with colds,allgeries,etc..With me being on Zoloft shrink said breastfed,pill,and baby dont mix. There little brains are still developing..Thanks for letting me vent.
post #28 of 32
They do that because breastmilk is the best food for babies. Formula is not. Colick is often caused by formula because it is harder to digest. They were just being honest. It is the truth.

I don't agree with your shrink that Zoloft and breastfeeding is bad.

It isn't a miracle cure and babies will still get sick. My allergies are very severe but my daughters are not nearly as bad and I thank breastfeeding for that.

Everyone has the right to choose whether or not to bf situations are different for each mom and each case of depression and anxiety. I am not trying to judge you or say you were wrong. I wasn't there, I don't know what you went through and I wouldn't dismiss someone's depression as a poor reason not to nurse I don't know anythng about the situation.

The original poster had a question and I do not agree with the information you are providing for them. We don't have to agree that is fine but I am trying to provide more info.
post #29 of 32
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MamaKoala, you mentioned bruising. Zoloft can make you bruise more easily but I would mention it to your Dr.
post #30 of 32

I guess we have to agree to disagree

My son weighed 6pds 13.6 ounces at birth now he weighs close to 12pds from formula. I just dont think its right for other mothers to judge because some of us dont breastfeed. He is perfectly healthy. I wasnt breastfed and Iam fine.
post #31 of 32
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mommy2andrew, you might like to check out the moms who couldn't bf thread in FYT.
post #32 of 32
For the benefit of any who are unfamiliar with our boards I would like to note that you are going to find that MDC is a very pro-breastfeeding board. Yes, we have moms here who have not breastfed for various reasons, but the vast majority of us here have breastfed. My concern, as well as abimommy's is that we do not want mothers who may not be well educated about ssri's and breastfeeding to think that breastfeeding while on an ssri is unsafe. I find it hard to believe that an educated psychiatrist or obgyn would ever tell a mother that breastfeeding and ssri's are a bad combination. A doctor at the university medical center in my town has an ongoing study on ssri's and breastfeeding. AM Mom who frequents this board was a part of that study and the amount of Paxil found in her baby's blood was basically undetectible.

I would also like to note that the amount of medication a baby receives daily if the mother is taking an ssri while pregnant is equivalent to what the baby would receive nursing for two years. To put that another way, a baby would have to be breastfed for two years to get the same amount of the drug as it receives in one day in utero. That's why I'm a bit surprised when doctors tell moms that it is okay to take an ssri while pregnant, but not while nursing. :

If you are on a benzodiazapan, that is an entirely different story, but ssri's are safe for breastfeeding.

We aren't judging you for formula feeding, we just want to be sure that mom's who may be struggling with PPD and who want help, get it. We don't want moms to think that there is nothing that can do for their ppd because they are breastfeeding because that is far from the truth.
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