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To breastfeed or not to breastfeed...that is the hard question whilst taking anti depressants.
In my opinion it is an very individual decision that must be made after consulting with your medical practitioner. There are some medications that advertise that they are fine to take whilst breastfeeding (e.g. Zoloft) but it's important to remember that yes research has been conducted but not over a long period of time. There are no proven stats regarding the life long effects that taking anti depressants whilst breastfeeding can have on your child. No research has been conducted following a child's development into adulthood...so there is no clear evidence that the medication would not cause problems for the child once they reach adulthood & beyond.
On the other side of the coin...breast milk is what is best for your babies development (though I personally don't believe that formula is a very close 2nd). It does have the natural antibodies for your baby and has a lot of pluses for you and bub.
Making the decision is not an easy one. Either way you go unfortunately mother's guilt will probably hit you, BUT it's so important to do what YOU think is right for YOU & bub. Talk to your partners too and get their opinion.
You need to make sure that you are nice and healthy to ensure that bub is happy and healthy, it's go hand in hand. If you are not well either physically or mentally Bub will pick up on it and will act accordingly (e.g. be more irritable, whingy, clingy). Happy Mum, happy Bub...make the decision that will make YOU happy.
Thank you Heather mom2*Lauryn*Jacob* for the most gorgeous siggy!!