Breastfeeding on Zoloft

Currently there is a general consensus among medical professionals that Zoloft does pass through breast milk and it should only be taken by women who breastfeed if the benefits outweigh the risks. Quantifying both of these of course can be awfully difficult. According to WebMD, Sertraline (Zoloft) does pass through breast milk.

With regards to pregnancy in general, they suggest, "During pregnancy, this medication [Zoloft] should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby."

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (, even though concentrations of Zoloft in breast milk are quite low the drug does pass through breast milk. They go on to advise speaking with a physician and monitoring your babies behavioral side effects and growth, should one continue to use antidepressants while breast feeding.

Consider speaking with your physician about alternatives to breast feeding to side step this discussion entirely. If your physician believes your baby can be just as healthy and happy with formula, then there is no need to take any risk of what trace amount of Zoloft will and will not do to your baby.

A bigger risk seems to occur to pregnant women who take Zoloft within their last trimester. Here is another situation where Zoloft should only be taken if the benefits outweigh the risks but the potential risks are extraordinarily high. Substantial linkages have been found between Zoloft, when taken by expectant mothers, and the following birth defects:

Pulmonary Hypertension when mothers take Zoloft while pregnant, their newborn babies are six times more likely to be born with pulmonary hypertension.
Cognitive Abilities some research suggests impaired cognitive abilities are linked to Zoloft.
Cleft Lip / Palates this birth defect can be treated with surgery but can still be a painful and expensive (and in some cases, unnecessary) procedure.
Heart Defects there are a large range of Zoloft linked heart defects which include but are not limited to: rapid heart rate, increased rate of breathing, swelling of extremities, etc.

If your child was born with any birth injuries we would like to hear from you. The Zoloft Lawyers at McEwen Law have a plethora of success and experience in pharmaceutical litigation and we can start working on your case immediately.

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