Close to on-topic, but not quite

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Close to on-topic, but not quite
Fri, 04-22-2011 - 11:04am

It tweaks me to no end that the medications most often used to propose risk in breastmilk is nearly always a psych med, usually one for depression. In a recent thread someone used Abilify as an example. From what I know Ability is not a first choice depression medication and it is usually an add-on to another medication and unlike the SSRIs it

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 04-22-2011 - 4:44pm
ITA. Thanks for bringing that up.


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Registered: 11-01-2005
Fri, 04-22-2011 - 7:30pm
My sense, right or wrong, is that people, in general, consider psych meds to be "optional" and therefore breastfeeding and taking a psych med is a "choice". I disagree and I know that a lot of regulars on this board do not see it that way either. However, my point is that consistenly highlighting psych med risks, in terms of breastfeeding risk, increases the stigma of mental illness by reinforcing the myth the mental illness is "not real" and treatment with medication is either not necessary or not effective.

This. ITA. Great post.