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Can breastfeeding help my postpartum depression?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Breast feeding
Bonding with your baby is a factor to reduce post-partem depression, along with hormonal changes during the process.

In brief: Breast feeding
Bonding with your baby is a factor to reduce post-partem depression, along with hormonal changes during the process.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
I agree with the previous answer
Dr. Susan Feingold
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Get treatment
If you have ppd, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional with expertise in perinatal issues.
To respond to your question, some women find that nursing helps them feel better and others find they feel better once they stop nursing (as then their estrogen levels increase). Unfortunately, there is no way to know beforehand which group you fit into.

In brief: Get treatment
If you have ppd, you should seek treatment from a mental health professional with expertise in perinatal issues.
To respond to your question, some women find that nursing helps them feel better and others find they feel better once they stop nursing (as then their estrogen levels increase). Unfortunately, there is no way to know beforehand which group you fit into.
Dr. Susan Feingold
Dr. Susan Feingold
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Ppd
Recommend seeing a therapist for support and guidance.

In brief: Ppd
Recommend seeing a therapist for support and guidance.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Non breast feeding is one of the risk factors to develop a postpartum depression, however, it is not clear whether breast feeding curtails or ameliorate the postpartum depression.
Psychosocial therapy is recommended as the first line treatment.

In brief: No
Non breast feeding is one of the risk factors to develop a postpartum depression, however, it is not clear whether breast feeding curtails or ameliorate the postpartum depression.
Psychosocial therapy is recommended as the first line treatment.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Oxytocin, one of the hormones released during nursing is an anti-depressant.
Breastfeeding will also help you strengthen the bond with your baby. That being said, however, many women suffering from PPD find it difficult to breastfeed. 10-40% of women experience some degree of "the blues" after the birth of their baby. Talk to your dr. About any depressive emotions you may be feeling.

In brief: Yes
Oxytocin, one of the hormones released during nursing is an anti-depressant.
Breastfeeding will also help you strengthen the bond with your baby. That being said, however, many women suffering from PPD find it difficult to breastfeed. 10-40% of women experience some degree of "the blues" after the birth of their baby. Talk to your dr. About any depressive emotions you may be feeling.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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