Podcast: Is it safe to take antidepressants while breastfeeding?

Approximately 15 to 25 percent of new mothers suffer from depression, anxiety, and related emotional difficulties in the postpartum period, and many mothers consider taking antidepressants while breastfeeding.*

This raises many questions for moms:  Is it safe to take an antidepressant during breastfeeding?  How much of the medications transfer to your baby, and are there any long term effects of using them during breastfeeding?  What are the effects of untreated maternal depression on babies?  What are the consequences of weaning to take a medication?  And what non-pharmacological methods of treating depression are effective?

In this podcast interview with Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, world-renowned expert on postpartum depression and breastfeeding, Tanya Lieberman, IBCLC posed these questions and more.  Dr. Kendall-Tackett is the author of 22 books on maternal depression, family violence, and breastfeeding, including

Depression in New Mothers: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment Alternatives
Depression in New Mothers
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
Breastfeeding Made Simple

She shared her wealth of knowledge about this topic in practical, breastfeeding-friendly terms.  Dr. Kendall Tackett shares more information about this topic on her website.

You can listen to this podcast interview using the player below!

*This podcast is intended for educational purposes, and does not constitute medical advice.  Please consult your health care provider for care appropriate to your situation.