Amy WAHM to Elle 3/2/2004, Meadow 12/02/2006, Azaliah 4/09/2009, and Olive 09/23/2011. I have been married to my husband Bill since 2/22/03.....
Check Kellymom or Dr. Hale's website for more info on safe meds while nursing.
SSRI's are very safe while nursing, you have several options there. Zoloft worked GREAT for my anxiety and depression. Good luck!
Mom to two beautiful boys, now in school to be a therapist and help other women with PPD.
Herbs; such as chamomile, oatstraw, holy basil, motherwort, passionflower ( I drink this in tea form almost daily)
Relaxation techniques; meditation, deep breathing, yoga...
Cognitive behavioral therapy; put yourself in the situation that is making you fearful and learn to rationalize that there's nothing to fear.
Anxiety sucks. I'm sorry you are feeling this way. These are the things that work for me. I had severe panic attacks for 6 months and have lessened my anxiety to mellow and haven't had an attack for 6 months!! Yay! You can heal! I also have some xanax for emergency purposes, have only taken one, but just knowing it's there for just in case makes me feel better.
It's really a case where you and your health care providers need to work out the risks and benefits. I've had good results with Zoloft, with Rescue Remedy for breakthrough anxiety.
Lavender oil helps, too - I melt a tealight in my tart burner and add a couple of drops to the melted wax. It makes my house smell great and calms me right down.
Instead, a diet consisting of whole grains, cooked veggies, beans and sea vegetables will help.
If interested, you can look up information on macrobiotics.
The book The Mood Cure is very helpful too. I wish I read it as soon as I started having aniety issues.
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The great thing about this supplement is that it calms your mind, but doesn't make you loopy or groggy...little or no side effects and non-habit forming.
I take a 200mg capsule, and I will take another if I feel the need to. I can actaully "feel it" working almost like a prescription med.
It is a bit on the expensive side, but waaaaay worth it for me.
By the way...it also promotes a fitful sleep. I think there is also a supplement called theanine, but make sure you get
L-Theanine. I also use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to
dail down my anxiety.
Speaking of B-6, how is your B intake? B vitamins are the feel-good, relaxers, yet energy producing vitamins. They also help process sugars and regulate blood sugar, so if that's a factor they'd help. Don't overdo it though, they do have toxic levels, if you're not still taking a pre-natal, you could safely do a B-100 daily (assuming you're not getting any other b's), otherwise a b-50 would be better.
Rescue remedy, or another of the Bach floral essences that match your mood would be safe
Calm's forte is a homeopathic remedy that might help.
I 2nd the Mood Cure, and the suggestion of eliminating all refined sugars and carbohydrates from your diet. You likely are craving them because you're nursing, but if you're having anxiety they are not your friend.
How are you sleeping? Melatonin has been studied in infants as young as 6 months and has been found safe. Sufficient sleep alone can do wonders and 2mg is all I need to fall asleep.
Lastly, a valium or an ativan every now and again isn't going to harm the baby. Your baby needs a healthy mom, if you're really on edge, you need to take care of yourself. You might not want to do it daily, but if you really need to, it's okay.
Also, have you looked into 5-htp? If you aren't pregnant, it is great. I really like it, although I am not sure about BF on it.