Postpartum depression affects up to 15% of mothers. The negative effects on child development are well-established. Previously, the only two treatment options were psychotherapy and anti-depressants. Neither option was very effective and took weeks to take effect. Families were also faced with exposing the infant to anti-depressants through breastmilk. THANKFULLY, there is now a FAST-ACTING option.
Unlike conventional anti-depressants that take weeks to take effect, Ketamine infusions are RAPID ACTING. And since they work so fast, breastfeeding can continue between infusions. Zulresso (brexanolone) was approved to treat post-partum depression in 2019. This infusion is SIXTY HOURS (2.5 days)! The infusion causes excessive sedation and the mother must be continuously monitored throughout… which likely means re-admission into a hospital. During this time, someone else has to care for the infant. Breastfeeding and bonding are significantly interrupted. The total estimated cost is $38,750.
Ketamine infusions are around $395 per infusion and most people obtain relief around the 4th infusion. Mom is only away from her baby for two hours at a time. And Ketamine is actually the preferred procedure drug for pediatrics… so it has been safely used in thousands of children. This means Mom can continue breastfeeding.