Wednesday, March 4, 2009


ADDING TO OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION, we asked BreastFeeding Bootcamp columnist Maria Parlapiano this question:

Q: Are antidepressants OK to take while pregnant or breastfeeding?

A good question, as more and more women are seeking help for depression.

Great care and concern must be taken when deciding to continue taking medications while pregnant or breastfeeding. Among other factors, the decision needs to take into account the known benefits of breastfeeding, specifically in regard to the development of the infant brain, and the known risks of formula feeding.

Open dialog between the mother, doctor, therapist, and lactation consultant is essential to formulating a plan.
The medication choices during pregnancy are limited to the use of Prozac, which, oddly enough, is not considered the best choice for use after delivery.

The best choices for antidepressants after birth are Zoloft and Paxil. These drugs have been used with great success and, thus far, have shown minimal to no adverse effects to the breastfed infant.

Maria Parlapiano is the owner of Postpartum Place, formerly the Lactation Resource Center, in Chatham, NJ, an invaluable center for new and nursing mothers for support, equipment and information. Go to, OR call her TOLL FREE, twenty-fours hours, seven days a week, at 1-800-801-MILK.

1 comment:

  1. It is an interesting point position about the mission of “the "fixer."” But I personally cannot agree with you. How come that I am not responsible for actions of my three year boy who hurt feelings of another boy in the kindergarten? You know, asking children questions about their feeling will not always be enough for preventing another cruel behavior. I believe, if all of us takes the side of “non-fixer”, our children will not have any examples to follow and will have no boundaries to be limited by.