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Ep. 107- PPD/PPA Medications and Breastfeeding

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Show Notes

Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety: two things that affect more parents today than ever before (or maybe they’re finally just talked about more).  Are you on the fence about medication for mental health?  This episode will hopefully shine some light on the hang-ups. 

We want to start off by saying that this is NOT a debate over whether you should or should not take medication while breastfeeding. Today we go over several medication options for PPD/PPA and share how they might affect your breastfeeding journey. As always, talk to your healthcare provider about getting the right meds to help you feel your best and ultimately be the best parent.

RESOURCE: Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
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16:54 : Start of Episode
28:18 : Heather’s Story
36:20 : How Medications are Transferred in the Breast Milk
40:04 : SSRIs
40:51 : Zoloft/Sertraline
44:03 : Paxil/Paroxetine
46:49 : Celexa/Citalopram
48:51 : Lexapro/Escitalopram
49:59 : Prozac/Fluoxetine
51:43 : Wellbutrin/Bupropion
55:41 : Pamelor/Nortriptyline


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Listener Question: Do you always have to empty fully when pumping?

Episodes mentioned:
Ep. 76- Weaning: History, Psychology, and Practical Tips
Ep. 98- Breast Pump Reviews!

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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding | InfantRisk Center

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Antidepressant Use in the Breastfeeding Patient

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