Because of my meds I didn't breastfeed my son. I wasn't on the lithium while pregnant but they started me up on it right after delivery. I was advised that with my mental health history that it was better for me not to breastfeed as I had tried it with my first and the failure to succeed (she was not back to birthweight two weeks later) contriubted to a huge episode that landed me in the hospital for a week.
It's best to talk with a doctor who will know a lot about breastfeeding and what's safe as well as talking with the doctor who manages your care and what he feels you will need.
Don't understimate postpartum depression (we took every care to try and prevent it thist ime around and I STILL wound up with a pretty nasty case of it).
And remember, you have to take care of you in order to take care of baby no matter what that may mean, be it that your meds win and you bottle feed or you get to nurse like you want (yay if do)
at 11:23 AM on Dec. 4, 2010