I was just prescribed Xanax just to take situationally as needed. The doctor said she had no problem with me nursing and taking a small dose of Xanax as needed for anxiety. I was told by my dr it's a big no ob breastfeeding with that and a couple other like it. I also know that Xanax is not supposed to be taken "as needed". I never realized how tough it would be to juggle the jealousy and attention getting techniques my toddler has recently acquired and raising a newborn. But of course, it's all over the Internet that Xanax and breastfeeding are a no no. If it's taken that way, it can mess up the chemicals in your brain and make you worst. It's supposed to be taken continuously, every day, to work the way it's supposed to. I don't know the answer to yr question but I can certainly relate! My son just turned 4 and has been acting horribly since the baby has been born. I'm bipolar and have dealt with anxiety as well and depression for years. Thank God he goes to school but he was off this week for fall break and I surely could have used some Xanax! I've seen quite a few doctors and have been told by a couple about Xanax. I have Xanax for as needed purposes as well from before I was pregnant. For those saying it isn't for "as needed" I think it may not be for everyone, but ok for some. I know I can't breastfeed while its in my system but since I've always had such a huge supply and still wanted to breastfeed I'm wondering how long after a dose of Xanax should I wait to feed my daughter or is it really just better to quit even if I'm only taking the Xanax when needed . Doctor said it has an 11 hour half life..I don't trust starting right after 11 hours? Benzodiazepines are not meant for babies and God forbid u take him to the er or elsewhere and its in the babies system, I would never trust random internet strangers. And I'd like to think that amount of time with pumping and dumping would be enough. Do I need to pump to get the remnants of Xanax out of system(milk) and how long would you or have you waited after taking one? I'm an RN and I don't even feel comfortable giving advice. So at 11hrs u still have half the amount of that drug in your system. I didn't treat my anxiety while I was breastfeeding my first son, and I wish I had. Pharmacist said it should be fine but if I wanted to wait 24 hours should be good enough...you think I've waited long enough? I feel like clarification may be need from my above post. I would discuss your specific dose with the dr and go off that recommendation. I hope I have at least given u some helpful information. I did a LOT of research and spoke to many professionals before reaching my decision. Baby and I are much happier now, and baby has no affects. My friend is taking antidepressants and her Dr told her that she can still breastfeed if she really wants but to wait at least 24 hrs and even after that she would strongly recommend ff to be safe. There are actual studies that you can read up on if you're interested. She opted for FF My friend is taking antidepressants and her Dr told her that she can still breastfeed if she really wants but to wait at least 24 hrs and even after that she would strongly recommend ff to be safe. I didn't treat my anxiety while I was breastfeeding my first son, and I wish I had. She opted for FF her two girls and both mom and baby are healthy, safe and happy. I did a LOT of research and spoke to many professionals before reaching my decision. Baby and I are much happier now, and baby has no affects.
Postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety is a reality faced by many! While it is easy to take a medicine like alprazolam or Xanax to ease the jangling nerves, give a thought about how wise it is to do while breastfeeding. These medications can cross the breast milk and enter your infant in minute doses. A study conducted by Oo, Kuhn, and Desai, in Br J Clin Pharmacol, revealed that the half-life of alprazolam in the milk is 14.5 hours. The study looked at the maternal alprazolam levels in the breast milk of mothers who consumed 0.5mg of the drug every day. Is this commonly prescribed medication safe or unsafe during breastfeeding? Mom Junction has gathered vital information about the consumption of Xanax while breastfeeding. Xanax (a brand name of the generic drug alprazolam) is a commonly prescribed medication used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to benzodiazepines drug class that includes drugs known to enter the breast milk. Because of reports of effects in infants, including sedation, alprazolam is probably not the best benzodiazepine for repeated use during nursing, especially with a neonate or premature infant. Neonatal benzodiazepines exposure during breastfeeding. A shorter-acting benzodiazepine without active metabolites is preferred. After a single dose of alprazolam, there is usually no need to wait to resume breastfeeding. Eight lactating women who averaged 11.8 weeks postpartum (range 6 to 28 weeks) were given a single 0.5 mg dose of alprazolam orally. Prospective follow-up of adverse reactions in breast-fed infants exposed to maternal medication. Eleven breastmilk samples were obtained over the 36 hours after the dose. A mean peak alprazolam milk level of 3.7 mcg/L occurred at an average of 1.1 hours (range 0.47 to 3.8 hours) after the dose. The half-life of alprazolam in milk averaged 14.5 hours.
Oct 31, 2018. In a telephone follow-up study, 124 mothers who took a benzodiazepine while nursing reported whether their infants had any signs of sedation. It's a scene many moms are familiar with. You've recently given birth and you're frazzled as hell. Maybe your baby won't stop crying, you can't.