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drying up.

I have PPD and the docs say I need to be on medicine. I tried to BF and not take the medicine because it isnt safe but they say I have to take the medicine. So they told me to stop BFing. My ? is what can I do to help with the pain from engorgment(SP?) ? My breast hurt so bad any movement or touching hurts. And how long will it take for it to dry up?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:43 PM on Feb. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Most docs don't know if a particular med is safe while BFing or not, so they say it's not just to save their own butt.

    Here is a link to medications approved while BFing:

    I just wanted to give you that info just in case. It can take a few weeks to dry up.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:51 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • The engorgement and discomfort will only last a couple of days. But everyone who breastfeeds has to stop sometime; we all go through it.

    Answer by imacafemom at 12:55 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • Most meds are safe. It is true that many docs don't know, so they just say they're not. I have Dr Hale's book if you'd like me to look it up.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:48 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • And, if by chance, it is NOT safe, there are plenty of alternatives that ARE safe.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:49 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • My doc put me on zoloft for PPD becuase less of it passes thru the BM than prozac. that's according to the pharmacist also. so little passes thru that I am taking it becuase I would rather not have PPD. I am also BFing.

    Answer by calliesmommie at 2:55 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

  • You will find information on safe medications to take for PPD at

    "All drugs transfer into milk, but most do so in such small quantities that they are insignificant to the infant. This is particularly true of most antidepressants. Dozens of studies have shown that mothers can use certain antidepressants safely." from


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:57 PM on Feb. 11, 2009

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