What antidepressants are safe while breastfeeding?

(August 3, 2010)

Antidepressants While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a very important part of the relationship that is shared between a mother and her newborn child. The milk produced in the breasts is a vital source of nutrients for the child and helps in developing the different systems of the body. Breast milk ensures that the baby’s immune system is also enhanced. However, along with the joys of parenthood also come the rather trying situations and instances of dealing with postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can be caused by a number of varying factors including the rapidly changing hormonal system in the body itself. The physical changes further add to the depression.

On a general basis, most doctors advise against the use of antidepressants because of the effect they may have on the development of the child who is being nursed. The milk produced in the mother’s breast is formed from the foods that she consumes and the chemical composition of antidepressants is also added to the formation of the milk. It is advisable to consult your doctor regarding suitable medications that will lower levels of depression without causing any harm to the child. However, these drugs must be administered in absolutely small doses and only as per the direction of a medical practitioner.

One of the best ways to deal with depression is to get your mind off the things that worry you for a while. Picking up a hobby that is neither time consuming nor physically exertion is a good way to ease the stress that you are facing. A light walk in the evening is also known to be of great help in relaxing the mind and reducing depressive moods. Light music, pleasure reading, or even watching a light movie will help to keep your mind off things and improve your state of mental well being. Picking up a hobby like knitting not only serves the purpose of lowering your depressive state of mind, but is also beneficial as you will be able to knit your baby’s clothes. Spending time with friends and expressing yourself through art or poetry is a good way to get rid of depressive thoughts. It is also important that you get a maximum amount of emotional and moral support from your partner to help deal with postpartum depression. In doing so, you will eliminate the requirement of antidepressants and ensure a safer, healthier future for both you and your child. Staying healthy through avoiding medication for depression will definitely benefit you and your baby.

Submitted by P T on August 3, 2010 at 12:53

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