Today, 01:27 PM
It is safe to take most anti-depressents when nursing, just as it is generaly safe to take any needed medication when nursing.
Every medication has potential side effects. Whenever we decide to take a medication (or doctor prescribes it) the potential for harm from the medication is weighed against the good it will do.
Unfortunately, for too long, instead of doing this when a mom was nursing, people have just said "Wean or don't take the medicine" Without looking at the potential harm of 1) mom not taking a medication she needs or 2) the proven harmful effects of baby not nursing. This has left moms with the terrible choice of either not nursing or not taking a medication that will help them. This is wrong, and it is REALLY bad medical practice to do this to mothers.
Luckily there is now lots of information out there about most commonly prescribed meds and moms can make an informed choice.
I have had three kids, all C-sections. During breastfeeding I have had to take prescription narcotic painkillers, prescription strength non-narcotic pain killers, anti- anxiety medication, prevacid (Chronic GERD), and anti-biotics on several occasions, and I am sure a few things I have forgotten. I always nursed and never even considered not doing so due to taking these meds. There is not a doubt in my mind that taking these meds-including the anti-anxiety med- while continuing to nurse, was 100% the right choice,.