Antidepressants may delay breast milk production

February 1, 2010 2:49:03 PM PST
Taking some antidepressants may delay breast milk production soon after giving birth. A new study at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio looked at widely used antidepressants, including Zoloft, Paxil, and Prozac.

In a survey of 431 women who gave birth at one US medical center, researchers found that seven out of eight women on antidepressants did not produce breast milk within the typical 72 hours after giving birth. The study showed their full breast milk production was delayed by about a day compared with other mothers.

Researchers warn that women should not stop taking these medications without talking with their doctors.

The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology.


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