Quoting Tatiana ♡ Audrina:" I have an anxiety disorder and bipolar. I lost my daughter in November when she was 7 days old to congenital ... [snip!] ... because of the increase in PPD. I should ask him if I'm at higher risk, and if he recommends I go back to counseling."
You are at higher risk because of your disorders. I am taking Lamictal (for bipolar.. it helps a lot), and that is considered safe during pregnancy (Category C anyway), and I have researched and discussed it with doctors, and I've decided that I Will nurse while on it.
Here's my logic for that:
1. It doesn't hurt baby in womb, and in womb baby is getting Much more of it than she will in breast milk.
2. When you quit taking Lamictal, you have moody withdrawal symptoms, so by nursing while taking it, I will be gradually weaning baby off of it (because the levels that she will get will gradually go down from the colostrum all the way to when she starts weaning from the boob).
3. She's not getting anywhere near as much as I am.. not even close to a therapeutic dose.
I have discussed this logic with my doctors, and they seem alright with it. They're main concern is that I be informed before I make my decision, so they aren't telling me what to do, just what I need to know before I decide to do it.
The Only thing I need to worry about with nursing is watching for signs of lethargy in the baby... but for most people (in my research) this is not a problem, and baby has No negative reaction.
I have also heard (in this forum) that Wellbutrin is safe for pregnancy... so that might be something to discuss with your doctor/psychiatrist as well.. I plan to discuss it myself if my depression comes back.. especially if I develop postpartum depression again (god forbid .. that was one of the worst years in my life..)