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If I Stop Breastfeeding Will It Help Depression
Give birth and couldn't breast feed on and was told to stop trying. I feel like my depression is worse. Could that have happened due to depression?
Talk to your doc: There are variety of reasons why a mother can't successfully breastfeed. Having post-partum depression doesn't help. Get help: talk to your doctor about how you are feeling; lactation consultants can help troubleshoot breastfeeding problems. Whatever the outcome with breastfeeding, remember this: not being able to nurse at breast doesn't make you a bad mother or that you've failed your baby. ...Read more
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
Discuss SSRI's: Safe is a relative term. Every medication has potential side effects. Recommend that you talk to your child's pediatrician about possible use of an ssri medication. I believe that the pediatrician should always be part of the team approach when the mother is breastfeeding. ...Read more
Recent study report: Wisner & scalea report sertraline, paroxetine, nortriptyline & Imipramine as the most evidence-based medications for use during breastfeeding: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2902256/ must weigh risks/benefits on mother & infant of med vs no med, breatfeeding, etc, with physician. Therapy may reduce depression & its impact on mother & infant. Employ measures for gneral health. ...Read more
Consult with: a psychiatrist. They will explain the medications an weigh the pros and cons with you of antidepressant medication while breast feeding. The high incidence of maternal depression has led to new research focusing on helping new mothers. (New York Times did a wonderful 2 part article on it recently) ...Read more
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
Yes: Breastfeeding difficulties and depression tend to run together - it's not entirely clear whether the depression affects breastfeeding, or breastfeeding problems lead to depression. I've blogged about this here: http://bfmed.Wordpress.Com/2013/05/30/breastfeeding-and-depression-its-complicated/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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