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Re: Antidepressants and Lactating

Posted by Betsy on April 26, 1999, at 20:17:19

In reply to Antidepressants and Lactating, posted by anonymous on April 20, 1999, at 13:09:25

> This is one for the ladies, sorry guys!
> I have been lactating for the past two years
>now and only today when Patty mentioned
>lactating did it occur to me that it could be
>the Effexor.
> It has been so bad that I started getting
>abscesses on my breasts caused by the milk
>clogging the pores of the tissue. The doctors,
>especially male seem to just snicker and give
>me antibacterial topical creams. The women
>medical professions scold me for expressing the
>milk and say that this will just make it
>continue, but I would rather squeeze it out
>than get more scars on my breasts from the
>infections. My self esteem and body image is
>bad enough with the depression. I can even
>"feel" when it is too full and time to squeeze.
> Does anyone else have this bizarre lifestyle
> and is there any help?

I've had this since 1990. And like you, I've got
scars on what used to be scarless breasts (and
its embarassing when one's starting a new relationship!)
and like you I can feel when the pressure builds up.

I haven't had enough breast growth to make a major
difference in bra size, though I wonder what would
happen if I didn't express the milk.

I was told by a female doctor not to express also.
I didn't for a few months, but then one day a gentle
touch in the shower caused a squirting for a distance.

I was glad I was in the shower and not at work
leaning against something when that happened.

Potentially VERY embarassing.

There's nothing I know of that can be done about this.
Its a side effect I accept to live with, as it is much
better than having the depression.

Sorry I don't have good news, other than to say you're
not alone!





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