To everyone around the world, after you read this, please like my facebook page, Breastfeeding With Love. I hope you enjoy this blog.
Breast milk is
the most nutritional food you can feed your baby in the NICU. It is filled with nutrients, vitamins and
antibodies that can help a NICU baby get stronger and healthier. “The immunological and anti inflammatory
properties of human milk are especially important for the critically ill, infants
in our intensive care units,” said Diane
L. Spitz, nurse researcher and director of the Lactation Program at the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CHOP.
Some babies will be able to breastfeed during their stay in the NICU
while other babies will need breast milk fed to them through their feeding
tubes or bottle. I have had the
experience of having two sons who were in the NICU.
I remember going
home and pumping my breast milk every three hours at home and sending the
bottles with my husband for our baby in the NICU and they fed it to him through
his feeding tube. One of our sons spent
four weeks in the NICU. I had to teach
him how to breastfeed when I came home.
If you need to
pump for a while for your NICU baby, I highly recommend a hospital grade pump
or a good electric pump. Many insurance
companies are now paying for you to get a pump through the Affordable Care
Act. After you give birth, call your
insurance company and see if you can get one.
Some of them are worth close to three hundred dollars, well worth the
Try to pump in a
comfortable place, eat and drink well, find time to rest. This will all help your milk production. What ever you pump for your baby is so
important to bring to the hospital because this breast milk is especially
designed for babies in the NICU. It has
more infection fighting substances in the milk.
Ask a Lactation Consultant
for help in the hospital while your baby is in the NICU. Once you come home, you may want to call a
Lactation Consultant, such as myself, at least one time to help you
breastfeed. A Lactation Consultant may
recommend you use a nipple shield, a soft silicone nipple placed over the
mother’s nipple sometimes used to help premature babies. Additionally, a Lactation Consultant can help
weigh your baby before and after to see how much your baby is eating. Your pediatrician may recommend
supplementation for a while. As the baby
gets stronger and bigger, supplementation will be decreased and possibly be
A Lactation Consultant
can also go over Kangaroo Care, placing your baby on your chest skin to
skin. This will help warm the baby and
be comfortable by hearing mom’s familiar heartbeat and breathing.
In conclusion, don’t
expect breastfeeding to be perfect at first.
Your baby has spent time in the NICU and there needs to be a period of adjustment
for both of you when the baby comes home.
Your baby will benefit from any amount of breast milk you can
produce. Breastfeeding is a personal
decision. You need to make the right
decision for you and your baby.
Skin to skin is an amazing time
to bond with your new baby. There are so
many benefits for a mom to hold her baby close to her skin. In fact, early skin-to-skin care (also called
kangaroo care) is a natural process that involves placing a naked newborn chest
down on the mother’s bare chest and covering the infant with blankets to keep
it dry and warm. Ideally, skin-to-skin care starts immediately after
birth or shortly after birth, with the baby remaining on the mom’s chest until
at least the end of the first breastfeeding session (Moore, Anderson et al. 2012.)
Therefore, hospitals need to be well informed of the importance of skin
to skin. Early skin to skin can done right after delivery, as soon as possible or within the first twenty four
hours. If a mom cannot hold her baby right
away, dad can do skin to skin.
Sadly, in the United States,
Cesarean births are on the rise.
Importantly, the rate of Cesarean births has increased significantly in
and currently averages around 32%– or 1.4 million American babies born by Cesarean (Menacker and Hamilton, 2010.)
Many of my patients have had Cesarean births. I tell them to breastfeed their baby as soon
as possible after delivery.
Skin to skin helps babies in so
many ways including in their development physically, emotionally, mentally and
socially. In fact, preemie babies benefit in so many ways with skin to
skin. There are so many benefits for
both mom and baby during skin to skin time.
Some of them are: baby blood
sugar level stays good, mom gets less engorgement in the first few days, mom is
less anxious because she is holding her baby in her arms. Furthermore, the baby cries less. The baby has a better heart rate and
temperature level because he is skin to skin with his mom.
Sometimes barriers get in the way
and the mom is not able to hold her baby right away. Some barriers may be mom is too nauseas
after giving birth. Additionally, mom
may have to wait until her anesthesia wears off and she can feel her arms so
she can hold her baby. Her IV, oxygen
monitor or heart monitor stickers have to be placed so she can pick up the
baby. Routine procedures for the baby
such as getting the baby’s Apgar score, weighing and checking the babies, may
delay skin to skin. One of the main
perceived barriers to implementing skin-to-skin care after a C-section is
because hypothermia (low temperature) in babies is more common after a
C-section. Babies who are born via Cesarean are at higher risk of hypothermia
because the operating room temperature is kept quite cold, mothers undergoing a
Cesarean may have a lower body temperature, and babies were exposed in utero to
drugs that may affect their temperature (Moore, Anderson et al., 2012). Some of these barriers need to be broken and
different protocols need to be put into place to allow the family to experience
a once in a lifetime moment of beginning life holding their baby skin to skin.
usually control whether the baby can be with you in the recovery room. Talk to your nurse and doctor before you go
into the operating room and express your wishes to do skin to skin and
breastfeed as soon as possible immediately after delivery.
skin to skin early on is safe and beneficial.
Hopefully, hospitals will see the importance of skin to skin in the
first hour and help women who have had a Cesarean hold their baby. It is a great start for both mom and
baby. I hope hospitals around the world
will encourage women to do skin to skin after they have had a Cesarean Section. This way, the baby will be in the warm,
loving arms of their mom and feel safe, nurtured, protected and loved.
There are many
health benefits to breastfeeding your baby. Moms with Arthritis may face
special challenges while breastfeeding their baby. You can help assist these moms by giving them
words of encouragement, helping them find good ways to hold their baby etc…
Some women have
Arthritis before they conceive or breastfeed.
What are the types of Arthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common
form. It usually puts wear and tear on
your joints. Usually it occurs where you
have injured a joint or in the elderly.
Inflammatory Arthritis covers over 120 different diseases. Not only does this disease affect the joints,
it also affects other body parts. Some
types of Arthritis include Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA Systemic Lupus
Erythematosus, SLE or Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis. They can range from mild to severe. RA is an autoimmune disease, a condition that
causes pain and swelling in the joints.
It can affect the hand, feet or wrists as well as other parts of the
body can also be affected. Fibromyalgia
is a chronic pain syndrome sometimes also called arthritis of the muscles.
More then half of
pregnancies in the world are unplanned.
Academy of Rheumatology,
ACR, recommends that a woman’s Arthritis be controlled six months before
conceiving. Some women with Arthritis
often feel better during pregnancy.
However, after delivery often doctors recommend moms to have someone
help them because Arthritis may flare up where their shoulders, wrist and
elbows hurt making it hard to position the baby for breastfeeding. This is where I come in as a Lactation
Consultant and help them position their baby in a more comfortable way.
medications a patient is taking is top priority. Here is a list of drugs harmful during
pregnancy and breastfeeding for Arthritis.
This list was developed by a group of OB-GYN doctors, Rheumatologists
and Internists placed on the ACR website.
Drugs that are good while pregnant and breastfeeding are:
Anti-tumor necrosis factor(anti-TNF) drugs
Azathioprine(Imuran) (probably OK during breastfeeding but
check with your doctor)
Cyclosporine (ask you
doctor if OK during breastfeeding)
NSAIDS ( avoid after 32 weeks)
These drugs should not be taken during pregnancy or
Methotrxate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
Mycophenolate (Cellcept, Myfortic)
Waefarin ( OK after first trimester and breastfeeding)
The ACR goes further and recommends men should speak to
their doctors who are on drugs for RA three months before conceiving because
some drugs such as Methotrexate and Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan) can affect sperm
There are other
important facts about Arthritis.Yeast Infections are sometimes more common
because moms may be more susceptible during her medication use. Furthermore, if she gets cracked nipples, she
could develop thrush. Another
interesting fact is that many cases of Arthritis are believed to result from an
interaction of genetic as well as environmental factors. Women tend to suffer more then men. Raynaud’s Phenomenon is another possible
symptom of Fibromyalgia. Raynaud’s
involves constriction of blood vessels in the hands and veins that they blanch
or turn blue. It can also turn red as
the blood rushes back.
Fatigue and sleep
deprivation can occur with moms who suffer from Arthritis. In fact, a mom with Arthritis may be at a
greater risk of postpartum depression.
Antidepressents may have to be used to not only control Arthritis but
help with sleep. Consult with your
doctor before using any drug while breastfeeding.
further research needs to be done with Arthritis, pregnancy and
breastfeeding. Moms with Arthritis need
to be given accurate information so that they can make informed decisions on
their condition. Helping moms use proper
pillows and positioning moms right while breastfeeding will help ease joint pain. Help the mom get her pain under control so
she will have a good night sleep and feel rested. Make sure she is taking the right and safe
drug while she breastfeeds. Enjoy
breastfeeding. It is a beautiful time to
bond with one another.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. It has been a labor of love to write this blog for you. Please like my website page when you are done. I am sending my love and blessings to all of you.
The World Health
Organization reports that the world average for breastfeeding is 4.2 years and
they recommend that all children be breastfed for at least 2 years. Most children around the world are breastfed
3-5 years or longer. In the United States,
few moms are still breastfeeding at one years old.
emotional benefits of a mom breastfeeding longer. In fact, people feel that kids are more
attached to their moms who breastfeed longer but, in reality, they are
not. Furthermore, our lives are so
hectic and busy these days, that breastfeeding gives moms the opportunity to
slow down and relax and enjoy their baby.
Chances are if
you are still breastfeeding your 3 year old son, your family, friends, and
strangers are making negative comments about it. It is sad because is no harm in breastfeeding
your toddler. As a matter of fact, it is
show that breastfeeding is beneficial for both mom and her baby. It contains amazing antibodies and nutrients
designed especially for your baby. In
fact, the more a child is breastfed, the lower their rates are for diseases. Breastfeeding can also lower rates for ear
infections, eczema, diarrhea, sudden infant death syndrome, obesity, leukemia
and childhood diabetes. Breast milk has nutritional components even when a
child is 3 years old. Additionally, breast milk contains long chains of
polyunsaturated fatty acids that build brain tissue. It has been proven that mothers who have
breastfed also have lowered their chances for breast and ovarian cancer.
Time Magazine, a
few years ago, put on their front cover page a mom who was breastfeeding her three
year old child. This magazine article
fueled many nursing debates all over the world.
The Time Magazine article had mixed reviews. The story centered on “attachment
parenting.” The woman on the cover was
Jamie Lynne Graumet. She did not
understand what was the big deal that she was still breastfeeding her 3 year
old. Mayim Bialik, an actress and mom,
is a proud advocate of attachment parenting.
Here are the 8
suggestions for the idea of attachment parenting principles:
sure you prepare for parenting and birth
feed your child when hungry
- nurture them with touch
- provide for good safe sleep
- provide consistent and loving care
- discipline positively
for balance in personal family life
unfortunately, there is so much negative attitude about breastfeeding an older
child. Just do what you feel is right
for you and your baby. Don’t listen to
what anyone else says. This is your
choice and if you feel it is the right thing to breastfeed your three year old
son, then do it.
Please like my page. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I am sending everyone around the world my love. I hope you enjoy this blog.
Being healthy is
important for both you and your baby. So,
are you getting enough good nutrients in your diet while you are
breastfeeding? Breastfeeding women need
an increased number of calories and nutrients, in order to maintain a good milk
supply. The best way to do this is to
maintain a well balanced diet, which includes getting enough fruits and
vegetables, protein, grains, taking your mutivitamins and limiting you fat
The energy and
nutritional requirements for women who are breastfeeding are greater then those
women who are not. Furthermore, women
need approximately 500 extra calories a day.
Eating a variety of foods daily helps you get all the nutrients you
need. Your body needs carbohydrates,
proteins and fats for energy.
In this blog, I
will focus on iron rich foods, folic acid, calcium rich foods and Vitamin
D. Iron rich foods such as lean red
meat, kale, spinach, beans, lentils and fortified breads and cereals are
good. Iron is important for the production
of hemoglobins or red blood cells that carry oxygen. Women need more iron then men. Folic acid can be found in citrus fruits,
leafy greens, beans and peas. It is
essential for the development of the nervous system. It also helps build up RNA and DNA, nucleic
acids in all living organisms.
Breastfeeding moms need to increase their consumption of folic
acid. A prenatal vitamin is good for
this. Calcium rich foods, such as low
fat or fat free milk are great while breastfeeding. Yogurt, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables,
sardines and tofu are also good. Calcium
is needed to help form new bone cells.
Vitamin D helps to activate calcium and keep bones strong. Fish and the sun are good sources of Vitamin
D. Use sunscreen when you are out in the
conclusion, eating a variety of foods can help you and your baby get all the
nutrients that you both need while breastfeeding. Make sure you incorporate
foods rich in iron, folic acid, Vitamin D and calcium into your daily
diets. In addition, many health care
professionals recommended a daily prenatal vitamins supplements. If you have any questions about what you are
eating or need to eat, talk to your healthcare provider
After Reading This Blog, Please like my website page Breastfeeding With Love. Thank you for stopping by to read my blogs.
on becoming a grandparent. It is one of the greatest and joyous in life. I know because I am a grandparent. As a grandparent, there comes a time when we
need to lend support and encourage our daughters and daughter in laws to
breastfeed. This will make all the
difference in the world. You daughter or daughter in law will feel more
confident and reassured that she too can breastfeed.
even have grandparent classes. Besides
encouraging and supporting breastfeeding, grandparents can help with child care
duties. While the baby is being
breastfed, discuss with your daughter or daughter in law how you can help. You can work around the house doing chores
such as laundry, cooking and cleaning.
You can clean and sterilize bottles for the breast pump. If your daughter or daughter in law is
returning to work and you have time, you can offer to babysit for your
grandchild. Additionally, help limit the
amount of guest you daughter or daughter in law has so she can recuperate from
delivering her baby. Help her get plenty
of well balanced meals. Make sure she
gets plenty of rest and trying to catch up with sleep during the day, such as
taking a nap. You can also change the bay diaper, bath the baby, sterilize
breast pump parts, etc….
Breastmilk is the
healthiest food for your grandchild. It
contains antibodies for protection against infection. It contains special ingredients to promote
helps the mother’s health in many ways. It helps the uterus return to
prepregnancy shape. In fact, a mother
loses weight faster while breastfeeding.
It may even reduce mom’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer and help with
osteoporosis, a brittle bone disease.
How can you tell
if a baby is getting enough breastmilk?
A baby needs to be fed at least 8 to 12 meals in 24 hours for the first
few weeks. A baby should have wet
diapers as follows: first day-1, second
day-2. third day-3, fourth day-4, fifth day-five and six day and on- 6 to 8
diapers daily. Your baby may have a
dirty diaper after every feeding or
every few days. Call you
pediatrician if you have any additional breastfeeding questions.
good for mom and her baby. Breastfeeding
is a new skill and may take time to learn.
If you are having pain after latching the baby on call a Lactation
Consultant. As a Lactation Consultant, I
will position your baby correctly and make sure milk is being transferred
properly. I also show you how to
fingerfeed your baby and supplement at the breast while breastfeeding. I can even help a new mom with a low milk
being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys in this world. Giving your daughter or daughter in law love,
support, words of wisdom and strength, makes breastfeeding so much easier. Communication between a grandparent and the new
mom is so important because this will prevent family conflicts of how to raise
the child, certain ways to care for the child etc…. By encouraging your daughter or daughter in
law to breastfeed her baby, you are making a valuable nutritional investment
for your grandchild’s future. Just be patient and things will come
Please like my facebook page. I am sending everyone around the world my love and hope you enjoy reading this blog.
One in eight
women will detect Breast Cancer in their lifetime. Today, it seems like every other household has
or knows someone who has had Cancer, including my own family. First of all, I
want to say that I admire every woman in the world who has courageously fought Breast
Cancer. Today in this blog, I want you
to know that I want to encourage, educate and support your decision to
breastfeed your baby after Breast Cancer. With the love, hope, strength and
incredible bravery you all have shown and the way your families have showered
you with love, you have gotten through it.
It is a reminder to all of us to cherish each and every moment in our
lives that we have with our loved ones.
There are several
surgical procedures that I want to talk about in this blog. A Lumpectomy is the removal of a breast
lump. It is an incision made on your
breast. If this surgery is performed
near the nipple area, it may damage milk ducts and nerves on that breast. If it is followed by radiation, the milk
supply may be compromised even more. Ask
your doctor before surgery and speak about your plans to have a baby and
breastfeed. It is possible for one
breast to make enough breast milk for your baby.
procedure of the breast is a Biopsy. A
Biopsy is the removal of a piece of breast tissue through surgery. A Biopsy can affect the milk supply if it is
made near the areola or nipple.
A Mastectomy is
the removal of a whole breast. There are
various kinds of Mastectomy. They are
Simple, Total, Modified Radical, Radical and Subcutaneous
( Nipple Sparing). If
you have a double Mastectomy, then you will have to ask your doctor if you can
breastfeed. It all depends on what type
of surgery you have had. Like I said
above before surgery, discuss with your doctor about your plans to have
children and breastfeed. Your doctor
will try to do the most minimal amount of interruption to your milk ducts and
nerves around your areola and nipple. “Young women who are treated with breast-
conserving therapy and radiation for early stage cancer might experience
subsequent full term pregnancies and successful breastfeeding on the untreated
breast and some women may successfully breastfeed on the treated breast.”
(Mamel, Martens, Walker,
2008) After a Mastectomy, depending on how much tissue is removed, the breast
may not be able to make milk.
Furthermore, radiation therapy can further cause damage to any remaining
after Breast Cancer is not dangerous for the mother or child. You just need to ask your doctor what is
right and safe for your particular case.
As a Lactation Consultant, when a patient expresses a desire to breastfeed
after Breast Cancer, I evaluate all possible options available for you. Together as a team, I try to help a mom
achieve her desire to breastfeed her baby.
Supplemental Nursing System (SNS), may be a good solution and help a mom
breastfeed on the side that did not have surgery. The SNS system keeps milk in the bottle and
helps with the baby continuing to stimulate the baby to breastfeed consistently.
Just last week, I
was amazed to see a baby latch on his mother after she had Breast Cancer. We both became very emotional. I felt at that moment that this is the reason
that I became a Lactation Consultant, to help moms achieve their special goals
and succeed in breastfeeding their baby.
Some women have
to take Tamoxifen for many years after Breast Cancer. Tamoxifen (taken to
prevent cancer) inhibits milk production. (Helewa, Levesque and Provencher,
2002) Always consult with your doctor
and ask questions if you are unsure of your treatment regimen.
with proper information and breastfeeding medical advice, women who have
survived Breast Cancer, can safely breastfeed their baby. In fact, breastfeeding from an unaffected
breast can be successful and should be encouraged. I hope all you moms out there will succeed in
achieving your goal of breastfeeding your baby. Enjoy this time together.
It is a dream and
desire for women all over the world to breastfeed their baby. However,
sometimes things happen and you are born with a condition that prevents you
from completely breastfeeding your baby.
Therefore, you may need to use a supplemental feeder with formula or
donor milk inside, as well as breast milk to help nourish your new baby. One condition that plays a role in
diminishing your milk supply is called Hypoplasia of the mammary gland or
Insufficient Glandular Tissue. IGT. Unfortunately, this condition will lessen
your breast milk production.
is a condition where one or both breasts never mature or develop properly. It
is also referred to as breast Hypomastia or Micromastia. Here the breast tissue never matures into a
developed adult organ. In fact, Hypoplasia can also interfere with successful
breastfeeding. Therefore, some women
have limited mammary functions, where the breasts have never fully
matured. This is where a Lactation Consultant
can come into play.
I am an International Board Certified
Lactation Consultant in private practice.
I would recommend using a supplemental feeding system while
breastfeeding your baby, if you have Hypoplasia. If a mom doesn’t have enough
breast milk then, you can use formula or a donor milk. Discuss this over with
your pediatrician and your family members and decide which one is right for
you. I respect any decision a mom makes
for her child. I help guide the mom to
reach her breastfeeding goal any way she wants to.
a mom has Breast Hypoplasia, the breasts may be widely spaced apart or
symmetrical and lack normal fullness.
There is an absence of glandular tissues which may make the breasts look
smaller or elongated and tubular. These
women may lack the female hormone progesterone.
Without this hormone, mammary glands cannot form. These glands are needed to produce breast
milk. These women may need hormone
replacement therapy as well as breast augmentation surgery.
Once a mom has
been diagnosed with Hypoplasia, and you have made a decision to breastfeed,
contact an IBCLC. I know that if you
contact me and it is your desire to breastfeed, I will do everything in my power
to help you succeed in breastfeeding.
You just need to make peace with your situation and realize that you
will need to supplement with either formula or donors milk. This is something you need to discuss with
your pediatrician and family.
In conclusion, if
you have Hypoplasia, talk to your doctor about the best options for you to make
breastfeeding a great experience. A
supplemental feeding system will help you breastfeeding experience go
well. Just take it one step at a time
and be proud of yourself that you are attempting to breastfeed your baby. You have made an excellent decision, one that
you will cherish forever. I am proud of
every mom that tries to breastfeed their baby.
It is a bond that lasts forever. I know that Hypoplasia is a challenging
situation but one that you can deal with and breastfeed your baby successfully.
Please like my page. To everyone around the world, thank you for stopping by to take the time and read my blog.
Cardiovascular Disease is the number one
killer of women. Therefore, your heart
is a very most important muscle to you.
Furthermore, moms need to stay healthy by getting regular exercise,
eating a well balanced diet, getting sleep, not smoking or drinking too much
alcohol. Additionally, breastfeeding
moms need to take good care of their heart.
Breastfeeding your baby can lower your risk of heart attacks later in
life. In fact, by breastfeeding, after pregnancy, pounds start to come off
because you are breastfeeding your baby therefore, you are lowering your
cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Eating healthy is
important to help reduce strain on your heart.
Start with a good breakfast, which may consist of a protein and good carbohydrates
such as oatmeal. By the way, oatmeal is
good for milk production. I recommend
this to my new moms while breastfeeding.
For the rest of the day, eat balanced meals and healthy snacks such as
fruits and vegetables, lean proteins such as skinless chicken or fish. I see
new moms have a basket nearby filled with healthy snacks such as granola bars or anything you like. Eat healthy carbohydrates such as brown rice or
whole wheat bread. Remember, while
breastfeeding, you are burning off 500 additional calories daily.
The heart, like every
other muscle in the body, needs exercise.
When you go for your six week check up after delivery, speak to your
doctor and find out what is the best way to begin a moderate exercise
program. I tell many of my patients to
begin by walking around their block with their new baby. Walking is good for you and good for your
baby. You both can get fresh air. Exercise also lowers blood pressure and
cholesterol levels in your body. Slowly
increase your exercise according to your doctor’s guidelines.
Try to stay away
from stress. I know having a baby can bring
a new mom a lot of stress and anxiety. I have given birth eight times so that
is the reason why I know how all you new moms feel out there. However, you need to take time for yourself
because you are important. You need to
be able to take a warm bath, read a good book, do something you like, get a nap
in, go out with some friends for a lunch date alone , get a good massage
etc… I go to many homes a try to help relax
the new moms so breastfeeding can go well.
After all, being stressed out can diminish your milk supply. If you feel better, take a nap with your baby
close by. Try to do skin to skin with
your baby to help relax yourself.
the longer you can breastfeed your baby, the greater the benefits for your body. Take breastfeeding one month at a time. Remember, moms have a secret weapon when it
comes to reducing cardiovascular or heart disease. This weapon is breastfeeding. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing
heart disease. Breastfeeding burns
calories, helping moms lose their postpartum weight faster. Good luck and enjoy breastfeeding your baby.
PLEASE LIKE MY BREASTFEEDING WITH LOVE FRONT PAGE. THANK YOU. IT
TAKES ME A LONG TIME TO WRITE THIS WONDERFUL BLOG FOR ALL OF YOU TO
I NOW HAVE A BREASTFEEDING HOTLINE. I CHARGE TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS FOR A TWENTY MINUTE CALL.
Many moms experience postpartum depression. They delay taking medications because they are breastfeeding and feel it is harmful to their baby. However, moms can take certain medications while breastfeeding for depression. You need to work with your doctor to find which medication is right for you while breastfeeding. Very few drugs are contraindicated, unsafe for mothers while breastfeeding. However, a your doctor and you can figure out which one is the best drug for you to use while breastfeeding.
Postpartum depression is a serious medical condition. A woman may feel sad, down and depressed after she has a baby. This can happen during the first three months after delivery. It may make it hard for the mom to breastfeed. Therefore, support counseling with mental health providers as well as getting on the proper medication, may help the mom recover and feel better in time. Additionally, your doctor can speak to you about the risks and complications of the drug that you will both choose that is right for you while breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best food for your baby. Therefore, the doctor will take all this into consideration when prescribing you a drug and give you the least amount possible while breastfeeding. Together, you both will make it through this dark journey and slower begin to feel better.
The most commonly used group of drugs in the antidepressent category come from the group of drugs called selective sertonin reuptake inhibitors(SSRIs). Some additional drugs used include: Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Celexa (citalopram) and Prozac (fluoxetine). Because many of these drugs have side effects, each mom should weigh her options carefully while taking these drugs and breastfeeding. Lithium, the drug that is used to treat manic depression should be used carefully while breastfeeding. If you need to be on this drug while breastfeeding, both you and the baby need to be monitored every few weeks. Your doctor will know what tests are needed.If a mom needs the drug, Lamotrigine while breastfeeding, again the mom and baby need to be closely monitored, checking different levels and organ functions for both mom and baby. I have been asked many times by my moms who suffer from different types of depression what drug they can take while breastfeeding. I recommend they hear what their doctor has to say. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Hale puts out a great website where you can look up the drug you are on. You can also call me, a Lactation Consultant and I will tell you if it is safe to use while breastfeeding. Furthermore, because a mom is on an antidepressent drug, it may delay secretory activation of breast milk therefore, the breast milk may initially come in at a slower pace. Antidepressent drugs may also affect a moms mood, sleep pattern which may also affect breast milk volume.
In conclusion, antidepressent drugs are very helpful for moms who need them, therefore you should take them and be closely monitored by your doctor. Doctors will know what tests to run to make sure both mom and baby are healthy and well while breastfeeding and taking antidepressent drugs. I wish all you moms best of luck. I know this may seem like a hard time in your life but, remember to take it one day at a time and your journey will be bearable.
Dr. Thomas Hale Phd Professor of Pediatric Website