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How can I breastfeed if I have post-partum depression?

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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
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In brief: Continue nursing

Post partum depression is very real and can be debilitating.
You need to consult your own doctor, who can help you with the depressive symptoms. By continuing to breast feed, however, your body can use the experience to help you defeat your depression as well.

In brief: Continue nursing

Post partum depression is very real and can be debilitating.
You need to consult your own doctor, who can help you with the depressive symptoms. By continuing to breast feed, however, your body can use the experience to help you defeat your depression as well.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
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In brief: Focus on baby

10-40% of women suffer from PPD after giving birth.
Many find it difficult to continue breastfeeding. Realize that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for baby as well as for mom. During bf oxytocin is released, which is a natural antidepressant. This may help those with ppd. If you are taking antidepressants talk with your dr about risks/benefits of continuing to breastfeed.

In brief: Focus on baby

10-40% of women suffer from PPD after giving birth.
Many find it difficult to continue breastfeeding. Realize that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for baby as well as for mom. During bf oxytocin is released, which is a natural antidepressant. This may help those with ppd. If you are taking antidepressants talk with your dr about risks/benefits of continuing to breastfeed.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Postpartum "Blues" occurs in 40-80% of women after giving birth. It's less intense and long-lasting than Post Partum Depression, which has point prevalence 5 to 9%, & lifetime risk of 10-25%.
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