Hi all, I'm on 100mg of seroquel and i really want to breastfeed but the doctors & midwifes arn't really helping me with my questions in regards to if it's safe to breastfeed while on this medication.
Is anyone breastfeed while on the med? any feedback would be awesome
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23-01-2010 13:53 #1
Seroquel & breastfeeding
23-01-2010 14:08 #2
I was in the same boat recently and my specialist reccomended the seroquel because of my wish to breast feed. to make sure it was ok (and i was also worried about how much entered the milk) I contacted my local maternity hospital which had a specialist pharmacy. they said the amount that goes through is tiny and it is the most reccomended drug of its kind. i swapped to seroquel in the last month of pregnancy but had terrible side affects (which they said was very unusual) and when my baby was born last month i had to go on a medication that was contraindicated for breast feeding so i had to bottle feed. I was devastated as i fed my last one for 14 months, but I am happy on this medication and bubs seems to be doing brilliantly, so it all worked out. if you want the no of the maternity pharmacy help line message me. i hope that helps!
23-01-2010 14:14 #3
Thankyou so much for replying i just started to have a freakout do you mind if i get that number off you hon?
23-01-2010 14:25 #4
sure, they really are fantastic. I freaked out too because it felt like the doctors didnt care- aslong as i was medicated and the midwives just wanted me to breast feed. i found they were un biast and helpful!
there is a direct line but i cant find it (baby brain!)
just call the womens and childrens hospital ph (08) 81617000 and ask for the pharmacy. good luck with it all!
It may feel like a stressful time right now but I dont even think about it now. I cant believe i lost so much sleep over it!!!
23-01-2010 14:41 #5
Thankyou hon!! i'll give them a call
24-01-2010 00:22 #6
seroquel is classed as a B3 catergory drug.
Pregnancy Category B3
Drugs which have been taken by only a limited number of pregnant women and women of child-bearing age, without an increase in the frequency of malformation or other direct or indirect harmful effects on the human foetus having been observed.
02-02-2010 01:12 #7
I have been on Seroquel for many years and breasfed both of my children. I am also part of a National Study on Seroquel in pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you want more info you can pm me of course!
It's fine for you to be on it - it's a very safe drug.
14-01-2011 04:42 #8Junior Member
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Hi Babelfish.Your post is the first positive one ive found on breastfeeding with seroqual.Im on 200mg of seroqual and almost 28 weeks pregnant.i want nothing more then to breastfeed but have gotten only negative replies on this with doctors etc. Can you let me know what u have experienced and found out with the studies uv been apart off. Thankyou so much,hope to hear from you soon.
14-01-2011 14:51 #9
At this stage, because it's a longitudinal study, I don't know any of the results. But it is being conducted by the RPA hospital in Victoria if that helps.
I have been taking Seroquel for approximately ten years, at dosages from only 12.5mg to 100mg daily. When I first fell pregnancy I was on 25mg a night, but this increased to 75mg a night throughout both pregnancies.
The only time I have stopped it was in the first six months of my son's life because we co-slept and the sedating aspect of the Seroquel would have made this unsafe for him.
Currently I only take 12.5mg to 25mg a night - otherwise it's too sedating for me. But I am still breastfeeding.
I was told that the risks of Seroquel during pregnancy and breastfeeding were as follows:
1. Possibility of very mild effect shortly after delivery - twitching, shaking etc of baby - baby to be monitored closely and all observed effects pass within first few hours. This did not happen to either of my children.
2. Breathing difficulties shortly after delivery a possibility, again mild and passing quickly. This did not happen with my daughter but did happen with my son. However, further investigation showed this to be a result of a lung infection, and not the Seroquel.
3. Possibly more awake, alert babies due to the Seroquel in my breastmilk - did not happen with my daughter and my son was quite an awake baby but I wasn't taking Seroquel when I first had him or fed him so obviously unrelated.
There were a couple of other things but I honestly can't remember it was too long ago. My perinatal psychiatrist was extremely, extremely knowledgeable and had every single most recent and up-to-date fact at his disposal, statistics, all known side-effects, everything. He works specifically in neonatal psychiatry, it's all he does, he is part of the Department of Pscyhological Medicine at the major maternity hospital in our city - he's a full bottle, and was honest and upfront about everything.
He has schizophrenic patients on up to 800 - 900mg of Seroquel a day, who are pregnant and breastfeeding.
My advice to you would be to seek a specific perinatal psychiatrist to go over all of your concerns with - you should have one anyway if you are pregnant and on any psychotropic medication.
Whereabouts do you live? I would be happy to point you in the direction of a couple if you are in Perth.
15-01-2011 07:17 #10Junior Member
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thkyou ever so much for your quick reply.Im actually living in germany at the moment,just happen to find your posting online after looking at waht feels like 100's of different forums on the subject fo breastfeeding on meds.It's all pretty in conclusive and there is not studies to show.I am happy to read that your pregnancy and your breastfeeding went well.I hope that I will be able to do the same,its just that im not only on 200mg of seroqual but also 100mg of lamictal.so i wish i could make the right decision.I want to breastfeed so bad and I am thinking that my best way to go would to be to combination feed.Thanx again for your quick response.
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