i amɜ breastfeeding and i have depression i use to take prozac til i got pregnant and i want something that will work for meɜ but not goɜ into my baby's milk. Please help!
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Antidepressant medication, in conjunction with support and counselling, is a very effective treatment for many women with postnatal depression.
All antidepressants are passed in very low amounts from the breastfeeding
mother to her baby. Full-term, healthy babies can usually cope well with this.
Very occasionally babies may experience side-effects from the medication but
these usually disappear once the medication is changed or stopped.
The choice of antidepressants will depend on the woman’s individual
response to the medication.
There are many types of antidepressants but, in breastfeeding women, there
are two main types that have been used more often: Tricyclic antidepressants
(TCAs) and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). TCAs have been
available for over forty years and more is known about their safety.
They promote sleep and relieve anxiety. They can cause dizziness when
standing up quickly so women need to be aware of this and be careful
especially when getting out of bed at night. They can also cause constipation,
dry mouth and increased appetite.
SSRIs (eg Prozac) have been in use for over ten years. They are generally well tolerated.
More common side-effects include headaches, nausea, diarrhoea, agitation or
Many of the side-effects of these medications will settle within a few weeks.
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