Postpartum Depression - Treatment Overview
Some SSRIs, such as fluoxetine, are passed on to the
breast-fed baby more than others. And every woman uses (metabolizes) and passes
on medicine in different amounts. The level of medicine in your breast milk
depends in part on when you take your daily dose. Talk to your doctor about
when the level of medicine in your breast milk is lowest.
Researchers are studying children who breast-fed while their mothers took
SSRIs. So far, they have seen no signs of unusual problems in these children
into their preschool years.4
How long do I need to take antidepressant medicine for postpartum depression?
Antidepressants are typically used for 6
months or longer, 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 considering tapering off of it. Women who have had several bouts of depression may need to take medicine for a long time.