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Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths

It's common for women to struggle through their anxiety, depression, or mood changes unaided by psychotropic medication (if clinically indicated by a medical provider) because they believe medication may have adverse effects on their infant. There is a lot of inaccurate information out there which can leave moms confused, discouraged, and ultimately without treatment.

Psychotropic drugs are excreted in small amounts. A normal full term infant of average weight, who is breastfeeding exclusively can handle metabolites without adverse effects. (t.hale at

Check Out these Helpful Stats:

Less than 10% maternal dose is acceptable in the following:

Fluoxetine (Prozac) range from 1.6-14.6% (no harmful effect even at 14.6%)

Other SSRI's range from .4-7.9%

SNRI'S: ragne from .1-8.1%

Quetiapine (Seroquel) range from .02-.1%

Buproprion (Wellbutrin) < 2 %

Lorazepam (Ativan) less than 3%

(Thomas Hale, Medications and Mother's Milk 2017)

However you choose to feed your baby, by breastfeeding or bottle feeding, is the right way for you!

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