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Okay I wasn't getting hits on the extended bf forum, so I thought I would try here too...<br><br>
Do you know if 1) St. John's Wort is okay for bf (dd is 2) and 2) does it work?<br><br>
I'm just sad sad sad and have been this way for about 2 months. It's only now starting to interfere with life, before I could always push it aside. Now I can't.<br><br>
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I dont know if St Johns wort is ok for breastfeeding. My ds used it for a while, and it did help some, but not enough. There are lots of reasons for depression. In my ds' case food allergies were the trigger. I think you might need to dig into what may be causing the sadness. Food, mold, lack of sunlight, need for more vitamins, etc. Keep a food diary, in fact keep a diary of everything to see what your triggers are. It may be just a simple as not eating dairy or sugar or something like that. Or you may need more protein, whatever the case it is better to get to the bottom of it rather than covering it up. Just my 2cents. Good Luck
 

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Thanks Lindy - Actually I think I know what the trigger is...this started a couple months ago with my dd's b-day. This is when my plate just became to full. I've been overwhelmed for a couple months and with it being chronic I think I just finally succumbed. I will look into other possibilities though, thank you.
 

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I used to use St. John's wort for depression. It really helped. But, it's not a permanent solution. You said that you feel overwhelmed. Sounds like what may help more is if you find a way to take time out for yourself. Try to find time and a way to do something because it's for YOU or because it'll make YOU feel happy. As mom's it can be hard to put ourselves first at times, especially those of us who are all about our kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It IS OK to do so though.<br><br>
What helps me is bath time. After Orion is in bed I take a long hot bubble bath with candles and a favorite book. It helps me to relax, is great for sore muscles, and it's something I enjoy and is just for ME. After spending an entire day taking care of my son, I enjoy a bit of time taking care of myself. I sometimes end the bath with some vanity (favorite lotions, a mask, etc) to help me feel even better. Though, not always (depends if I feel the desire to do it or not).<br><br>
I know some mom's who take long walks in the early mornings or evenings when dh or someone is home and able to watch after the little ones. Or they may just go out with friends one night. etc.<br><br>
They don't have to be things you do without your dd. They can be things you do with her too. Like going to a playgroup at a local park. You can relax with other parents and enjoy a day out while your child enjoys playing with other children. That's something which also works for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I don't know what sort of an effect St John's Wort has on BF but I do know you shouldn't take it with certain medications. Specifically MAOI inhibitors (anti-depressants or other psych drugs) as it can cause you to OD. I can look it up for you though if you want. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> I hope you feel happir soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Thanks Jessie for such a detailed reply. I did talk to dh about my feelings last night and what I believed to be the cause. He asked what he could do to help and I gave him stuff...and he accepted readily. Alot of it is holiday related, I'm just trying to do it all and you know...I can't. I run 5-6x a week, 2-3 of those times are with dd in the jogger, but the other times are me by myself. My favorite run is on sunday when I go for a really long time in the woods.<br><br>
I think for the most part I do some, but perhaps not enough for myself. It's hard to have time to myself. Dh and I have had to coordinate schedules so that I can work part time to bring in additional income. So on some days I literally get no time to myself at all. But because I think I'm doing everything I should to eliminate a depression, but yet it's still here, I did want to try something in the short run to help pull me out.<br><br>
So, I guess I'm left with the question of if it's okay to use while bf...<br><br>
Thanks for the hugs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This is what I found on kellymom.com- I hope it helps.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/stjohnwort.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/stjohnwort.html</a>
 

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I agree that finding the source of depression is important, however difficult it may be right now.<br><br>
St. Johnswort is safe during bf.<br><br>
It is definitely NOT SAFE when you are taking prescription antidepressant medication!!!!!!!!!! I know you're not now, and I'm not recommending that you, do but I thought I needed to get that out there in case you are considering medication.<br><br>
As an herbalist, I have a lot of experience with St. J. It grows wild in my yard and I use it for salves, oils, teas, etc. If you are taking a supplement, I would make sure there is nothing on the label listed for ingredients except St. J. I've capsulized the dried herb and used it that way, but mostly I use it in tea, just because the very act of making and drinking hot tea is in itself soothing for me.<br><br>
You may find some warnings about St. J regarding sun sensitivity. To me this is a bunch of crap based on a flawed study. I actually use it in my lip balm as a sun screen agent.<br><br>
It can take a month or two for St. J to really kick in as far as easing depression. It may not be the solution for you, but it can't hurt either. I know it has worked for myself and others.<br><br>
Hope you're feeling better soon.
 
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