The study, which appears in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, finds that women who used Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) to battle depression may experience delayed lactation and may require additional support to breastfeed their babies.
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Despite the findings, study authors are not yet ready to discourage usage of SSRIs by expecting mothers.
"SSRI drugs are very helpful medications for many moms, so understanding and ameliorating difficulties moms experience can help them achieve their goals for breastfeeding their babies," writes the study's co-author, Nelson Horseman. "More human research is needed before we can make specific recommendations regarding SSRI use during breastfeeding."