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Breastfeeding and Natural Antideppressants?

I am wondering if it is ok to take sam-e,or coq10 omega fish oil supplements while I am still nursing my 19 month old? I have struggled with depression in the past and ended up having to take prescription medication. I don't want to go down that road again(prescribed meds) but I do feel I"m falling back into depression and need some help to get my mood on track. I nurse mainly at night and neither of us are ready to give it up yet...
Thank you in advance for any info or advice.

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I suggest you consult with my doctor because through a combination of eastern and western medicine, and without taking chemicals, I went from years of taking antidepressants to being drug and depression free. I go to Dr. David Karaba in Fullerton. Feel free to email me if you want more info.

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Hi M.,

Awesome job on the breastfeeding. I nursed my son until he was 2.

I would love to recommend a fantastic homeopathic doctor in Ventura who's awesome with these types of issues. He's helped our family through countless colds, coughs and other issues. His name is Francisco Arias and his phone number is ###-###-####. He can help you figure out what's wrong and how to fix it naturally so you can keep nursing.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

M. :-)

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M., please know that I so understand the heartbreak of depression and how it truly affects not just the person but also everyone around him/her. It's a wild funk of darkness that just descends upon you with no warning, and it's suffocating. But, my personal experience with psych drugs are that they never get to the root of what's causing you to feel the way you do and that they do more harm than good and that, in fact, there are many natural solutions that can actually help with what you are going through. That's why it's so wonderful to hear that you are looking for natural alternatives for the way you are feeling.

I highly recommend contacting Dr. Anita Pepi who is truly an amazing Chiropractor and Nutritionist and would definitely be able to help you naturally. She is my nutritionist, and I love her. In fact, I think she is the best of the best! A lil' pricey but worth it!

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Hi M., Unfortunately I don't know anything a about "natural" antidepressants (other than exercise that helps- so does sleep!)

I just wanted to give you a hug over this site. I had post partum depression after the birth of my 2 youngest kids, so I know it's very difficult. I think with me that it happened because there were more pressures, less support and less sleep ( as well as the physical issues). I know the black hole is the pits. Besides prescription meds I also had to do talk therapy.

Try not to be hard on yourself. There is no such thing as a perfect mom/wife- we just do the best we can.

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This question is best answered by a doctor...Pediatrician, Lactation Consultant or OBGYN. Someone who knows the effects it will have on your milk production.

Depression can occur at various stages after birth, just make sure you are expressing your feelings to someone...whether it be your hubby, friend or even a support group. You'd be surprised how many Mommy groups are out there for playdates, and some Mommy-time.

Good Luck and be well.

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Good for you for taking some action early on! Talk with your OB AND a lactation consultant. Depression runs in my family, too, and I remember that my Dr. told me that there were drugs that are safe to take while breastfeeding. You can follow up with the lactation consultant, who can tell you whether the drug your Dr. recommends is passed into breast milk.

If you decide not to go the prescription route, the lactation consultant should still be able to give you info on what's safe to take

good luck, and keep taking good care of yourself!

I went through depression while nursing as well. I found this article that you may find interesting:


One thing I will say is the QUALITY of the fish oil must be exceptional to avoid mercury. I am taking Carlson fish oil tablets and the fish oil is mined from very deep nordic waters and has no mercury. I purchase it at Mother's Market or Henry's Marketplace, but you can also purchase it online. It isn't cheap, but again, it's the quality that is the most important factor when deciding on fish oil.

Best of luck, keep up the nursing, and I hope that you feel better very, very soon!!

Hello M.,

Congratulations on your new baby... If you want to avoid taking medication while nursing, you might want to consider Acupuncture for Postpartum Depression/Depression.

I have treated Depression (Postpartum and general) with success. If you are in the Las Vegas area and would like some more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call at ###-###-####.
Rhee's Acupuncture Clinic
1995 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Best wishes,
O. Rhee, O.M.D.

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