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Breast Feeding

Depression

03/21/2001

Question:

I have post partum depression. I do not want to wean my 5 month old. There is a strong family history of severe food allergies and asthma. I already have a child who has to carry epinephrine at all times for food allergies. So I feel very strongly that I want to continue to nurse as it is the best gift I can give to a potentially allergic child. But... since I want to get through this without medication, is there any kind of time frame of how long post-partum depression typically lasts?

Answer:

The duration of postpartum depression is highly variable (two weeks to more than a year). Have you talked with your child`s health care provider, lactation consultant and/or pharmacist to see if there is a medication that you can take while breast feeding? Managing your depression and continuing breast feeding will be highly individualized and requires working directly with several different professionals.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati