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Does Breastfeeding Cause Postpartum Depression
5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?
Yes, it can: In fact, it can effect everything and is very worth seeking specialized treatment for. The well-being of your entire family (especially you) is in the balance. It's a common condition w/ elements that come from hormone changes, life demands, emotional intensity of relationships, etc. A good fit w/ an experienced therapist really helps. If meds are needed briefly they'll help select the right one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Yes: Every time a breastfeeding mom thinks about the baby, there is a surge of oxytocin, which induces milk "let down." oxytocin's nickname is the "love hormone, " and it produces feelings of calmness, warmth and affection. Fathers can secrete it when they look at their baby, too! it's safe to continue breastfeeding while taking most medications for depression -- consult your local lactation center. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Adds More Stress: Any illness puts a stress on a family balance. Having a baby puts a stress on a family as well (even if it's a positive stress). Every family deals differently with stress and any particular action by the family will be dependent on how family deals with stress during "bad" times. If you feel, you have post-partum depression, get evaluated, get treatment for your sake and sake of your child. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hysterectomy depress: Can hysterectomy cause postpartum depression ? The answer is no. But some women can experience depression in the post hysterectomy period where hysterectomy was done out side of pregnancy but this is not common. Other women have complained of sexual dysfunction following hysterectomy. If depression occurs after postpartum hysterectomy then it may be postpartum depression or a combination of both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It should not be: Post-partum depression is a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition that needs to be ruled out by a qualified professional and is a medical emergency, as in get to the emergency room, by ambulance if necessary, if the woman has thoughts of killing herself or others, or seems to have lost touch with reality. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between depression, postpartum depression, baby blues, and general sadness?
Is it possible to treat anxiety after giving birth or postpartum depression without taking drugs?
Several things: A good walk/run is always helpful to boost endorphins. Eat a healthy balanced diet. Consider drinking some calming caffeine free teas several times a day. Get someone to watch your child and invest in a good nap everyday. Consider trying some St John's Wart supplements but clear with your MD first. Avoid alcohol. If pretty outside try to get some sunshine everyday - taking sun safety precautions. ...Read more
Possibly: This is a potential risk so needs to be carefully considered and discussed with your doctor before starting this drug. Patients with history of depression are not a candidate for this drug. If you decide to go on this drug you need to report to your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms of depression or mood change or thoughts of suicide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?
Depression: Some people only have depression problems after a pregnancy, possibly increased risk because of the hormone changes. Some people have depression at other times, not due to a particular cause. If a woman is on antidepressants when she gets pregnant, she should talk with her doctor about the risks of taking them or not taking them during the pregnancy. ...Read more
Insomnia: Over time your new baby will not need breastfeeding. As breastfeeding gets shorter you should have no trouble with insomnia. That said, babies do cry at night and it does interfere with your sleep. It should not take long for baby to sleep for hours. Is this your first baby? If not, did your other children cause more sleep problems, and if so, how long did they interfere with your sleep? ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
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