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Did BFing help?

I stopped bfing DS, after his pedi recommended due o wicked colic. This what at 5 weeks pp. I stopped cold turkey, which he recommended, but should have talked to my on doc. I had a hard time after. Mostly pp anxiety and strange thoughts. I made it to my doc, and went on meds fi a few months. I am determined to bf a little longer...realistically 3-6 months, and read it may help with pp. I don't want to go through it agin, and my doctor said by do not rec bfing while on any of the meds. She actually was more for it when asking if I need it in 3rd tri...which I don't. I'm just worried about after.

Any advice? Extra vitamins or anything that can help avoid this?  

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Re: Did BFing help?

  • imagetheresat858:
    What type of doctor are you seeing? Does she specialize in postpartum psychiatry? Because a lot of medications are actually very safe for breastfeeding mothers, and doctors who don't know that just say not to take them it's far safer to take a medication while BFing than while pregnant because the amount that passes to the baby is far less.nbsp; I am seeing a maternal mental health specialist that I met with before I delivered my daughter, and we discussed our plan for PP And she convinced me and my husband that going back on Effexor, the only med that has worked for me in the past, was safe even with BFing. I have been on it since the day after my LO was born, and she has no ill effects from it and it has helped me be a good mother and avoid PPD entirely. nbsp;Zoloft is the most documented safe med.I also encapsulated my placenta, and I think that really helped the hormonal transition in the first few weeksnbsp; I could tell on days I forgot to take it and I felt better after I did.Also, I would find a more BFfriendly pediatrician...colic is not a reason to stop breastfeeding...

    All of this!!!!! What dr in their right mind would say to stop Breastfeeding because of colic?! I would def get a new dr and do some more research on your own too. A psychiatrist is a must...they know the most. Good luck!
    PPD/PPA Mom...it has been super hard, but I'm making it! Slow steps...
    Mom to Carter (6), and Calianne (1).  
    Proud VBAC, natural birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering momma!


  • imagetheresat858:

    What type of doctor are you seeing? Does she specialize in post-partum psychiatry? Because a lot of medications are actually very safe for breastfeeding mothers, and doctors who don't know that just say not to take them (it's far safer to take a medication while BFing than while pregnant because the amount that passes to the baby is far less). 

    I am seeing a maternal mental health specialist that I met with before I delivered my daughter, and we discussed our plan for PP - And she convinced me and my husband that going back on Effexor, the only med that has worked for me in the past, was safe even with BFing. I have been on it since the day after my LO was born, and she has no ill effects from it - and it has helped me be a good mother and avoid PPD entirely.  

    Zoloft is the most documented safe med.

    I also encapsulated my placenta, and I think that really helped the hormonal transition in the first few weeks-  I could tell on days I forgot to take it and I felt better after I did.

    Also, I would find a more BF-friendly pediatrician...colic is not a reason to stop breastfeeding...

     

    This!  

     

    BF'ing for me caused a lot of anxiety & I'm not sure why.  I stuck it out until 6 weeks & then pumped & did bottles (aside for middle of the night feedings).  It's different for everyone - BF'ing might make you feel better, but I'm not sure it's an end all be all.  

     

    I also took prozac while BF'ing, and DS has no ill effects.  

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