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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?

Breast feeding: Bonding with your baby is a factor to reduce post-partem depression, along with hormonal changes during the process. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

How long can postpartum depression last? I am breastfeeding.

Get help fast!: Postpartum depression has huge effects on both mom and baby. Get help fast! treatments can be very safe while breastfeeding. You can start with therapy or counseling and support groups. Some need meds, and there are ones safe while breastfeeding. If you are having problems with breastfeeding, get help from a lactation consultant because nursing problems can cause more stress. ...Read more

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If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

Consult a physician: There are some medications are are considered relatively safe for breastfeeding women to take. Consult your physician and your lactation consultant. There is always a risk-benefit ratio that must be determined for each individual patient. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, what are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression and how is it treated?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, what are some of the symptoms of postpartum depression and how is it treated?

Symptoms are the : same as a depressed mood at any time. Unfortunately, PPD can harmfully impact your baby's development. Persistence of " baby blues" past 2 weeks or onset between 1-12 mos. after delivery requires referral for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & discussion of pros & cons of meds during breastfeeding. Tell both your OB & your pediatrician. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007215.htm ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding. How can PPD (postpartum depression) affect ones sex life?

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 more

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Had to stop breast feeding, could that happen worsened my postpartum depression?

Had to stop breast feeding, could that happen worsened my postpartum depression?

Possibly : When you breastfeed hormones are released and one of them is oxytocin. In addition to helping with milk let down it helps relax the mother and make her feel more nuturing toward her child. It can help provide a sense of well being. This could exacerbate existing depression. Post partum depression can become significant so should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Define postpartum depression and describe its causes?

Difficulty coping: Affecting about 10% of new moms, women with postpartum depression have strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that cause them difficulty coping with their daily tasks. It can occur anytime after delivery but usually starts 1-3 weeks after delivery. It is likely from body, mind and lifestyle factors combined. These women need treatment with counseling and sometimes medication. ...Read more

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What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

What are the causes of depression? What about postpartum depression?

Quite Complex!: Mood disorders are very complex -quite often it may be situational, more often than recognized, "in the family" or genetic. Nutrition, hormones, undesired life changes, loss of a loved one -even a pet can send your outlook and persona down to the negative numbers. Even the best swimmers sometimes need help getting ashore. Depression, while complex, is treatable. Lots of initial self-screen on web. ...Read more

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Can postpartum depression cause women to feel changing emotions?

Yes: Post partum depression is often accompanied by anxiety. Anxiety over germ phobia, responsibilities of becoming a parent worrying about the child's health.Paranoid thoughts and delusions occur infrequently and require urgent care. ...Read more

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What causes postpartum depression?

Not Certain: The reasons for postpartum depression are not certain. However, there are suggestions that the sudden hormonal changes that take place at the end of pregnancy are involved. The are questions as to why some women are affected and others are not. A previous history of depression increased the risk of postpartum depression, as does previous episodes of postpartum depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

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


Dr. Susan Feingold
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Postpartum Depression (Definition)

Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months. Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis ...Read more