Oestrogen transdermal patches for post partum depression in lactating mothers--a case report

Cent Afr J Med. 1999 Mar;45(3):68-70. doi: 10.4314/cajm.v45i3.8457.


Oestrogen transdermal patches are now being used in the prophylaxis and treatment of post partum depression. Oestrogens are known to have potential adverse effects on breastfed infants. This case describes jaundice and poor weight gain in the child of a lactating mother prescribed oestrogen transdermal patches. There is a need for caution in the use of this therapy in breast feeding mothers and health professionals should be alert for problems.

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding
  • Depression, Postpartum / drug therapy*
  • Estrogens / administration & dosage
  • Estrogens / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Jaundice / chemically induced*
  • Male
  • Weight Gain / drug effects*


  • Estrogens