Data was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Annual Conference in Perth regarding the use of antidepressants among breastfeeding women.
Analyzing the data from the Danish National Birth Cohort in Denmark, researchers examined outcomes in 368 women who were taking antidepressants prior to becoming pregnant. Two thirds of the women (67%) stopped taking their antidepressant medication either after becoming pregnant or during breastfeeding. A third of the women (33%) continued to take antidepressant medication throughout their pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Women who maintained antidepressant were much more successful at maintaining breastfeeding up to and beyond the recommended six months than women who discontinued antidepressant treatment.
Proof that antidepressants and breastfeeding can mix (Medical Express)
Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD
It is so nice to see something positive published about staying on meds while pregnant or breastfeeding. It was such a huge decision for me, and one I still think and wonder about even though my kids are now 5 and 3. The negative studies get all the press, but it’s true that there are many positive effects on both the mother and the babies that are often overlooked.