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Is it safe to take depression medications when breastfeeding?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Some antidepressants are not advised for women who are breastfeeding. Anything you put into your body (e.g., alcohol, nicotine, medications) can end up in your breast milk. Talk with your doctor about which antidepressants are safest during breastfeeding.
Talk to your physician about whether it’s okay to take depression medications when breastfeeding. This decision will depend on how severe your depression is and what medication you are taking. Certain antidepressants, such as paroxetine, are considered safe while breastfeeding, while others may be harmful. Your doctor may decide to have you hold off on your depression medications or switch to a drug that is safe for the baby.

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