I've always wanted to breastfeed ever since we started to get pregnant. I just know it is the best for my baby. When I gave birth to our Little Spanish Pinay, I experienced deep pain due to the CS operation and I just had to ask for medications to lessen the pain. I made sure I told the doctor that I am breastfeeding and so I want a pain reliever that is compatible to breastfeeding, i.e. medicine that wouldn't harm the baby that will receive the mother's milk. It's not a secret that I had a slight case of post-partum depression after giving birth and for the first time in my life, I asked to be prescribed with anything that may help me with this depression. I wanted help for my own sanity and to function better for our Little Spanish Pinay. But our family doctor told me that he can't prescribe me anything anti-depressant as I am breastfeeding - so I'd have to choose my sanity or what's best for LSP. I suck up my depression. I can't choose myself over our LSP so I just dealt with long crying moments and all those down-moments. Hubby had to suck it all up too as seeing me cry all the time is not something easy for him either. I believe breastfeeding also helped me deal with the depression. There had been study about this certain hormone that is being produced by breastfeeding moms that helps fight depression.
Later on I found out that there are anti-depressants that are actually compatible to breastfeeding. There's a whole bunch of 'em. http://www.e-lactancia.org/ - has a good list of all the medicines that are compatible to breastfeeding. This web page is in Spanish though. I just realize that not all doctors are well informed about breastfeeding and that's sad. There are moms who would experience deep post-partum depression and not knowing that there are medicines that are compatible to breastfeeding, may lead them to giving up breastfeeding. I could have printed a copy of the anti-depressant from this site and present it to my doctor back then. Anyways things weren't too bad and obviously, I was able to overcome that depression. And I guess, better for me... lesser medicine for my liver to deal with.
Then again, I wish that doctors would be more aware and informed about breastfeeding to help avoid cases of premature weaning.