Bf'ing with anxiety???

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Bf'ing with anxiety???

Postby BrookiesMommy » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:53 pm

I could only BF dd for 6 weeks because she could never latch right and i didnt produce enough. I plan on sticking to it this time by taking supplements to help my supply but i have horrible anxiety (i was on prozac until around 6 weeks pregnant). I have a feeling when this baby comes having a 14 month old and a newborn is going to take a toll on my anxiety. Is there anything i can take for it while bf'ing or am i just going to have to tough it out?
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Postby jessm » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:56 am

There are plenty of things you can take while BFing. Just ask your doctor. Being anxious won't help your supply any! Plus, many woman produce better the second time around.

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Postby fodla » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:22 pm

You may not need supplements! The best thing you can do is hire an IBCLC to take a look at your latch and make sure your baby is transferring milk well.
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Postby Answered_Prayers » Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:55 am

Fodla- Is correct. I was looking into hiring a lactation consultant that makes house calls. Maybe you can do the same.

Also, do you have family that can help you? If so, I would ask for help. You could have someone in your family watch the 14 month old while you take care of the baby. Maybe, help with cooking meals, changing diapers, giving you a break for an hour or two for a nap or just taking a shower.
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Postby BrookiesMommy » Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:30 pm

I live in the country, no lactation consultants for at least an hour drive:-( family isn't much help either, lol.
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Postby dee12h » Sat Jun 23, 2012 8:31 pm

I take natural stuff for anxiety- l-tryptophan, GABA, valerian. And then I am now on St. John's Wort for Post partum depression (which is mostly anxiety in my case.) It has worked WONDERS for me, and is safe for BF. Some studies showed it was as effective for treating mild to moderate depression as anti-depressants. Anxiety sucks. Hope you find something that works for you!
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Postby Georgie82 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:49 pm

My doctor told me there's something that's released while your bf which makes your anxiety heighten or bring on the fight or flight. Can't remember what it's called tho. She also told me that there's research to prove that keeping your heart rate up for 45-60 mins (so an intense long walk or run or work out) will do the same for you as many anxiety drugs out there. So maybe running after your toddler will help ;)

I hope this time around is better for you.
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Postby january » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:33 pm

I see a therapist for anxiety disorder and also spoke to a PPD specialist while I was pregnant because I had PPD with DD on top of the anxiety. The plan we put together was to manage my anxiety with the techniques I learned in therapy, but if I needed something for the anxiety, she was going to prescribe Buspar. She said that in research, it's proven to be safer for pregnant and BF'ing moms. It's strictly for anxiety, not depression.
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