I’m interested in hearing about other’s experiences of subsequent children. Did you take medications as a precaution or not? Did you have another episode and was it easier to deal with the second time around?
In 2011 I was diagnosed with PP and hospitalised (in a general psych ward as there are no public M&B units in Sydney) when my son was 6 weeks old. He was also hospitalised for a week due to being severely underweight (I wasn't feeding him often enough and therefore ended with low milk supply). I recovered very quickly from my episode. I was released from hospital after only 10 days and was not taking any medications only 3 months after diagnosis (although this was without my psychiatrist’s knowledge).
I am reluctant to take the advice of my psychiatrist (she was not my doctor last time) as I don't like taking medication at the best of times. The low dose of Quetiapine she is suggesting could still impact my baby as I intend to breastfeed. She is suggesting it mostly to ensure that I am able to sleep, however in order to establish good breastfeeding I will need to feed overnight anyway. My husband is very supportive although he is more cautious than me.