I met with a Perinatal Psychiatrist yesterday who explained that the risk of me getting PPP is high, and it’s likely to be very severe if it happens. I’m currently well, and not taking any medication. To reduce the risk of PPP, he suggested I take lithium and low dose of haloperidol about two months before due date. These are the same drugs I was taking when I started to become well when suffering PPP last time. He explained that even with this medication in advance of the birth, I could still develop PPP.
Has anyone else had experience of taking such medication before the birth of their baby? If so, did you become unwell again or stay well? Do you think they had any impact on your baby’s health?
This also means I won’t breastfeed (lithium is not compatible), which seems to have a lot of benefits: good quality sleep while others help with bottle feeding, taking whatever medication I need, well fed baby, no stress or pain (got mastitis previously) etc. I’m concerned that if I don’t breastfeed (not even one drop of milk) that it will affect my baby’s health. Does anyone else have experience of not breastfeeding at all? If so, is your baby healthy?