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If you are taking SSRIs and breastfeeding at the same time, it is important to know that the medication does pass through your breast milk. Because of the potential side effects to the nursing infant, healthcare providers usually look at the possible risks and benefits before recommending an SSRI while breastfeeding. Studies have shown, however, that the levels of SSRI medications that are passed through the breast milk are generally low.
SSRIs and Breastfeeding: An OverviewSSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are passed through breast milk. Because of the potential serious side effects that could affect the nursing infant, the manufacturers of SSRIs generally recommend that healthcare providers look at the possible risks and benefits before recommending SSRIs while breastfeeding. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding.
SSRIs and Breastfeeding: What Does the Research Say?A few studies have looked at antidepressant use during breastfeeding. In general, these studies showed low (or undetectable) levels of SSRI medications in the blood of the babies. It seems that fluoxetine (Prozac®, Sarafem®) and paroxetine (Paxil®, Paxil CR®) are passed to the baby the least, although more research is needed to confirm this.
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