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if i plan to take prozac after i have my baby... 40mg.. would u still recemend breast feeding.

i didnt do it the first time...bc of the meds.. but maybe i was wrong and benefits out way the cons...
and not taking the meds is not an option... been there done that..

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Aug. 1, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Here's what the National Institutes of Health says:

    Summary of Use during Lactation:
    The average amount of drug in breastmilk is higher with fluoxetine than with most other SSRIs and the active metabolite, norfluoxetine, is detectable in the serum of most breastfed infants during the first 2 months postpartum and a few thereafter. Adverse effects such as colic, fussiness, and drowsiness have been reported in some breastfed infants. Decreased infant weight gain was found in one study, but not in others. No adverse effects on development have been found in a few infants followed for up to a year.

    If fluoxetine is required by the mother, it is not a reason to discontinue breastfeeding. However, other agents with lower excretion into breastmilk may be preferred, especially while nursing a newborn or preterm infant.

    (to be continued...)

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:10 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • nope im going through same thing doc said it hurts the bby

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:11 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Continuation:

    The breastfed infant should be monitored for behavioral side effects such as colic, fussiness or sedation and for adequate weight gain.

    Zoloft is preferred for nursing moms but Prozac is OK.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:11 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Your doctor is often the WORST resource for safety info on meds and breastfeeding. They only know what's in the PDR, and the PDR doesn't cover nursing moms.

    The info I gave you is from one of the two authoritative sources...sorta like God speaking form Mt. Sinai! **smile** The other source to believe is "Medications and Mother's Milk" by Dr. Thomas Hale, a toxicologist who specializes in this subject.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:14 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Doctors say EVERYTHING hurts the baby, but they don't take into account the risks of formula to the baby, either. And if they are to lazy to look it up, they just tell you not to breastfeed. At least ask where they are getting their info. There are some that will pass less into the milk, but I believe Hale's says it is considered safe.

    Answer by apexmommy at 3:21 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Question YOU want to take the CHANCE that the baby gets ANY of the medication?

    Mommy's health is just as important as the baby's. (if not moreso) You need to take care of yourself first and foremost or you'll do no favors to the baby!

    But then....since this Hale guy is apparently "God" now (according to some)...what do I know....

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Well, Hale does know a bit more than you, since he actually researches how medications are pased in mother's milk. His book is the only one that looks at it. So, it's the only reference for breastfeeding questions.

    Answer by apexmommy at 3:32 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • Do you want to take the chance that your baby reacts poorly to formula, and has all the documented risks associated with it? The answer may be yes, that's for you to decide, but there ARE risks to formula, just as there are risks to taking medicine while breastfeeding.

    Answer by apexmommy at 3:33 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

  • I took it while EBF my first, he is a happy healthy 3yr, nursed for 14mos.

    Answer by clovismommy25 at 4:02 PM on Aug. 1, 2009

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