Antidepressants and Weaning: Consider All Options
Physicians sometimes recommend weaning while taking antidepressants or other psychiatric medications. Doctors do this because it seems to them the safest and simplest alternative. You may have to be the one who seeks out additional information. Don’t be timid to press your physician to learn more about medications and breastfeeding.
Impress upon the prescribing physician that you wish to continue breastfeeding. Explain that this is an important part of how you care for and mother your baby. Abrupt weaning in itself can cause depression, so the effects of weaning on your feelings should not be taken lightly. Give your physician a clear message that you want safe alternatives. If your depression is making it difficult for you to be an effective advocate for yourself and your baby, enlist the help of your husband or an articulate friend in talking with the doctor.
For more information on this topic, see The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning