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Can you take antidepressants for postpartum depression if you're breastfeeding?

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You and your doctor will need to make a careful decision about the use and choice of antidepressants if you are breastfeeding. Some antidepressants are found in small amounts in breast milk. Talk with your doctor to see if the benefits of antidepressant therapy outweigh the risk. If you take an antidepressant, you will probably be advised to take it for at least six months to a year to avoid a relapse and then either taper it off or continue it longer, depending on your symptoms and history.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: , 4th ed. 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Stewart, D. 2004 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Wisner K. et al, , 2002. New England Journal of Medicine

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: , 4th ed. 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Stewart, D. 2004 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Wisner K. et al, , 2002. New England Journal of Medicine

Bérard A , , Jan. 12, 2017. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on April 11, 2018

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