Thursday, 16 February 2012
Breastfeeding & Anti-depressants
I've been on Citalopram for just over a month now and it occurred to me that I hadn't blogged about my experience with the Dr when I first went to him about feeling hideously low. I will be honest and tell you that I was TERRIFIED of 1) going to him and admitting I felt all those negative feelings and 2) that he would say I had PND and more importantly 3) that I had to go on medication. Not any meds but *those* kind of meds.
Well, all that happened. and I didn't die. No, it was awful sitting there doing the PHQ-9 test but once that was over, we got down to discussing the pros & cons of me rejecting the meds. I didn't want to go on them because I was worried about them passing through my milk unto Ethan. He said to me that "a happy mummy is more important [than breastfeeding]*" and I retorted that breastfeeding E had done such positive things to my psyche, I honestly think I would've gone down much quicker if we didn't have those nursing sessions.
I think he understood what I meant and together we looked at Lactmed to make sure Citalopram was suitable for me and that I felt comfortable taking it.
The First 10 days
Well I had some side effects with Citalopram. They were: Extreme exhaustion, dizziness, dry mouth, vibrations in my head, nausea.
The nausea and exhaustion died down within the first 3 days. Those days were spent camped on the living room floor with Peppa Pig and Praise Baby helping with the childcare.
The other side effects all dwindled down by day 10.
How it affected Ethan
The first 3 days saw Ethan go really hyper at night time. He also was sick ( the projectile kind). I went back to the Dr because this was exactly what I was worried about. He wasn't convinced that it was the cause. It sure was a coincidence then! E has been fine ever since.
In all I'd say so far I'm glad I decided to take them. It has made me feel a little better and I'm sure as the weeks go by I'll feel a lot better too especially when I start my therapy sessions. The best thing is that it hasn't jeopardised our breastfeeding relationship. That in itself makes me feel good.
*my paraphrase for clarity
For Further Reading
The Breastfeeding Network