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#1 of 8 Old 05-20-2003, 11:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am definetly having some issues.... and since I don't want to end up divorced.
I really need to get some help.

I am not fond of the idea of taking Paxil or Zoloft while BF'ing.
Does anyone know of any natural anti-depressants?

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1. Exercise. Daily.

2. Get fresh air daily.

3. Get sunshine daily.

4. Take your B vitamins, especially vitamin B6

5. Eat more oats.

6. Consider the following supplements. ETA that http://www.growinglife.com/herbalsafety.htm says that ginseng and St. John's wort are safe for breastfeeding but you should do your own research as I have heard contradicotry reports on these:
  • Ginseng
  • St. John's wort
  • Bee pollen
  • Skullcap
  • Rosemary
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Definitely check out the PPD Forum too! This is frequently discussed.
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Minerals help also...Kelp as a supplement is good.One of the minerals that you need may be lithium and magnesium and kelp may be a good source.
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I know it sounds simple, but daily exercise and getting out in the sunlight everyday really works.
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I just read that flax seed oil was good for depression. 2 TBLS daily. The omega-3 family is very good for you so it could be beneficial in many ways. I use 2 TBLS flax seed meal (like flour) on a bowl of oatmeal every morning and it's taken away my constipation, it also lowers bad cholesterol.
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Noni juice is GREAT. And exercise! I can't say enough about OUTDOOR exercise.

Also, if you are def having serious issues, you will be a happier momma if you are taking even a MINIMAL dose (50 mg) of Zoloft. Talk to your doc; visit the PPD site- it is fabulous and everyone is sooooo supportive.

Good luck and keep us posted.
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Before you go to a pill doctor, try eliminating sugar and refined flour from your diet. Sugar can really be a bully emotionally. Also, caffeine can drag you down. We have started a support group in the Personal Growth forum for those of us that need a little encouragement to give up the coffee.

I agree with those who posted exercise and sunshine. Also, drink lots of water. Dehydration can be a cause of depression.

Take some time for yourself to meditate and clear your mind each day. Don't dwell on the negative. You will attract negativity to you.
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