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Reported April 11, 2014

Moms on Antidepressants More Likely to Breastfeed

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Mothers who stay on their prescribed antidepressant regime are more successful at maintaining breastfeeding through the recommended six month period than women who stop taking antidepressants while pregnant or during breastfeeding.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia studied data from the Danish National Birth Cohort, and examined the outcomes of 368 women who were taking antidepressants before becoming pregnant. They found two-thirds of the women stopped taking their medication after becoming pregnant or while breastfeeding. These women were less likely to maintain breastfeeding throughout the six month period recommended by doctors. The one-third of women who stayed on their medication were more likely to keep breastfeeding through the period.

"The amount of antidepressant medication that finds its way into a mother's breast milk is very low,” researcher Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak was quoted as saying. “On the balance of it, we believe that continuing to take antidepressant medication and maintaining regular breastfeeding will be the best outcome for both the baby and the mother”

For more information, go to: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news69842.html

SOURCE: 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Annual Conference, April 2014

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