There, I said it. Now that I've got that off my chest...
I have 4 children and depression has been an issue for me ever since I was pregnant with #2. The trouble is that I'm very loathe to use medication - particularly while pregnant or breastfeeding.
I have tried MANY different medications over the years and have often had to switch because of reasons such as insurance issues or the fact that I have often gotten headaches because of specific medications.
I have the following troubles:
1 - I do not have a primary doctor in my new town so it might take a while for the new doc to be able to see my extended medical history and see all of what I have tried before (which is quite a bit - even I don't remember everything I took over those 10 years)
and 2 - I am currently EBF with my youngest, who is only 16 weeks old (tomorrow). I have tried everything I could think of to work through my depression without medication (cutting back on caffeine, drinking more water, getting more sleep, eating less processed foods, eating more omega 3's, eating less refined sugars, exercising, looking on "the bright side" etc...) but I have to throw in the towel. It just isn't working. And, what's more, not only am I tired and sad all the time... I am also very space-brained and irritable... and my family does not deserve to have me snap at them all the time.
PLEASE tell me there are breastfeeding moms out there who have been able to work through their depression somehow? Are there safe medications? Or will I have to stop breastfeeding if I start any medications at all?
I want to do the best for her, for me and for everyone else in the family. I'm ... really lost. This is killing me.
on Apr. 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM