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    Postpartum Depression - Medications

    Antidepressants are commonly used, usually in combination with counseling and support.

    You may start to feel better within 1 to 3 weeks of taking antidepressant medicine. But it can take as many as 6 to 8 weeks to see more improvement. If you have questions or concerns about your medicines, or if you don't notice any improvement by 3 weeks, talk to your doctor.

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    Antidepressants are typically used for at least 6 months, first to treat postpartum depression and then to prevent a relapse of symptoms. To prevent a relapse, your doctor may recommend that you take medicine for up to a year before you think about stopping it. Women who have had several bouts of depression may need to take medicine for a long time.

    Can you take antidepressant medicine and breast-feed your baby?

    Treating your depression is very important for your baby. Breast-feeding is good for your baby's health. And it's good for your baby's bond with you. At best, you will be able to treat your depressionandbreast-feed your baby. But if you decide to choose between taking medicine and breast-feeding, take the medicine.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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