Benefit in continuing antidepressants while breastfeeding

Women who keep taking their antidepressants while breastfeeding are more likely to breastfeed for the recommended six months or more, when compared to women who stop treatment due to concerns for the health of their baby.

Dr Luke Grzeskowiak led a team of researchers who studied the outcomes of 368 women who were taking antidepressants before they became pregnant. They found two-thirds of women stopped their antidepressants either after becoming pregnant or during breastfeeding.

Dr Grzeskowiak said the health benefits of continued breastfeeding greatly outweigh any perceived risk to the baby from antidepressant medication.

Read more at University of Adelaide