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Severe PPD

I have incredibly severe PPD. My OBGYN gave me Zoloft at my check-up after baby "just in case" because at the time I was managing just fine. As my LO has gotten older, I've been able to enjoy her more but the reality of being a young mother (with the father coming in and out as he chooses), doing it primarily alone, along with trying to go back to school and missing my life is really starting to sink in and drag me down. I really don't want to take the meds because I breastfeed and as hard as I work to be a good mom, I don't want ANY of that getting to my baby because then what did I try so hard for in the first place? I've always loved children, always wanted a family, but this pregnancy was unplanned and has unraveled the larger majority of my life. I don't know what to do. I hardly have time to get school-work done, much less go to therapy. My parents are older (60+), my mother is about to have surgery on both her shoulders and my LO's fathers side of the family totally disregards my wishes has the mother so I do not let them babysit. My help is severely limited but I'm at the point of breaking.

Help?

Re: Severe PPD

  • I am pretty sure zoloft is okay to take while BFing but if you have concerns talk to your OBGYN.  You truly have a lot on your plate right now so of course life is super hard.  I wish I had more advice for you.
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  • I'm so sorry you are having such a rough time. I was suffering from PPD and was extremely reluctant to take the Zoloft prescribed to me because I am breastfeeding my son. After months of suffering and anguish over not knowing what to do (taking the meds or trying to get by without) I decided to go ahead and take it with reassurance from my doctor. I wish I had just started it sooner when it was prescribed to me because it has made a world of difference for me. I feel like myself again, I have my life back and am enjoying it with my beautiful baby.

    You should discuss your concerns with your doctor, I'm sure they could reassure you & find something that works for you! Hang in there!! 

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  • Zoloft is very safe to take while breastfeeding. Please don't let yourself suffer unnecessarily. 
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  • Hi, so sorry you are going through this. If you don't have time to see a doctor, you may want to call a specialist that has more insight into what you are going through and can help. You are not alone. To speak with a Postpartum Support International coordinator, please call 1800-944-4PPD. Their website is here: http://www.postpartum.net/

    Hold on, we?re all here for you.

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