Contrary to popular belief, women on antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding, according to a recent study conducted by Australian scientists.
The study has assessed the clinical outcomes of 368 pregnant women who were on antidepressant therapy. When compared to women who discontinued antidepressant treatment, more successful rates of breastfeeding were observed in women who continued to take antidepressants.
According to Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak, University of Adelaide, about 67% of women have stopped antidepressant therapy after getting conceived or during lactation. Rest of the women continued to take antidepressants during pregnancy and lactation. The latter group have achieved more successful breastfeeding beyond six months, post-partum. However, the former group were more likely to stop nursing within first six months of delivery.
The present study has clearly underscored the potential benefits of antidepressants that outweighed associated risks. Antidepressant treatment could prevent post-natal depression in mothers, and improve nursing rate. Clinicians are advising the depressed mothers to stop taking antidepressants due to elimination of antidepressants in the breast milk.