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Should I stop breast feeding? Wwyd? Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
21st Mar '13

I started back on my medication for anxiety I'm taking 5 mg of Lexapro I started last Friday. My doctor doesn't seem concerned but he also wasn't concerned about me staying on it throughout my pregnancy ( I didn't of course bc I didn't like the idea ) and I'm feeling the same way about being on it and breast feeding. I'm so scared its going to cause something with my daughter later on in life since there hasn't been many studies on the long term effects from anti depressants and BFing. I read that right now it could cause her to eat less, be more tired, and weight loss. I haven't noticed anything yet. But I'm scared the chemicals from the medicine can alter the way her brain is developing. So idk if its safer to give her formula than to keep breast feeding and to not know what could happen long term.
And if I do stop I'm afraid ill become depressed so idk what to do, I keep telling myself to keep BFing bc I might regret stopping but another part of me is telling myself to stop bc it's risky.

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
21st Mar '13

From what Ive came across most Drs will say certian meds during pregnancy and BF are just fine. But if you feel you really need this med and are scared about the possibilities then yes if YOU want to. Only do what you feel is right deep in your gut.

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 7365 posts
21st Mar '13

I would continue breastfeeding unless dd was having side effects. Then I would try to get donor milk or switch to formula. I think it's really a personal decision. Either way there are risks.

S U Z I E 3 kids; Venezuela 18556 posts
21st Mar '13

I would keep breastfeeding....

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rette Mich:</b>" From what Ive came across most Drs will say certian meds during pregnancy and BF are just fine. But if ... [snip!] ... need this med and are scared about the possibilities then yes if YOU want to. Only do what you feel is right deep in your gut."</blockquote>




Yeah I really tried my best to stay off the medicine until I was done BFing but my anxiety has become worse and worse every week, it killed me to have to start it again. My gut tells me to stop but when I really think about stopping I hate the idea. I'm just so paranoid and concerned with the chemicals and everything associated with anti depressants and her developing brain.

Eva Marie's Mama 1 child; Albany, New York 728 posts
21st Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting kate & tilly:</b>" I would continue breastfeeding unless dd was having side effects. Then I would try to get donor milk or switch to formula. I think it's really a personal decision. Either way there are risks."</blockquote>




If I notice any side effects then I'm stopping for sure

Ashleymca 2 kids; Ohio 420 posts
21st Mar '13

I took it while bfing and she was just fine. I'm sure if your doc is ok with it , it's fine.

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
21st Mar '13

I would go with your gut, honestly.



If it was me, I wouldn't take any medication like that if I was BF'ing. I still nurse my 15 month old and am VERY careful about any medication that I take.

mom2andrew&carter 18 kids; Leesburg, Florida 2159 posts
21st Mar '13

I have a seizure disorder and i had to be my meds for it during my whole pregnancy thankfully both my kids came out as healthy as can be but all my doctors told me i couldnt breastfeed due to taking the medication cause the meds can go to the breastmilk. I would just go with your gut feeling if you dont feel safe with breastfeeding while on the medication than dont but if you are ok with it than its fine

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
21st Mar '13

I breastfeed and take Zoloft for depression. I have been on it for a few months and have not noticed anything at all with DD. I think you will be fine if the doctor says its okay then I am sure it is.