Postpartum Depression and Breastfeeding
Submitted by Nick on January 17, 2012
Postpartum depression is known to be experienced by women immediately after childbirth and tends to develop in a gradual manner over a period of several months. In some cases postpartum depression symptoms may also appear suddenly and without prior warning.
Some of the causes of postpartum depression include the rapid hormonal changes that are associated with pregnancy and delivery that may trigger depression in the woman. Once the baby is delivered there is a huge drop in the progesterone...
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...and estrogen levels which may result in depression and fatigue. Additionally other pregnancy related factors like change sin the functioning of the immune system, metabolism and blood pressure levels that most women tend to experience post delivery. Additionally postpartum depression may also be experienced on account of the numerous emotional and physical changes that women tend to experience on the emotional and the physical front. Some women may also show signs of postpartum depression on while they are struggling to lose their baby weight and are also dealing with the changes in their lifestyle could with the added stress of caring for a newborn.
Postpartum depression symptoms are observed in those women who have a previous history of depression or of the pregnancy was unplanned or the woman has experienced certain stressful events during birth or pregnancy. Some of the postpartum depression symptoms are insomnia, loss of appetite, overwhelming fatigue, intense anger and irritability, sever mood swings, feelings of shame , inadequacy or guilt, difficulty in bonding with the baby, withdrawal from ones family and friends, loss of interest in sex and even a lack of joy in life. Post partum depression and breast feeding are considered to be a healthy combination as breastfeeding is known to counter the effects of depression in new mothers.
This is because breast feeding is known to decrease reactivity, calm the nerves and also increase the nurturing behavior of the mother. In fact it has been observed that in many cases, breast feeding is also known to deter or prevent the onset of postpartum depression. However in some extreme cases of postpartum, the mother may also want to completely detach herself from the child and may even refuse to care for breastfeed the child. A good way to handle postpartum depression is via exercise and diet. Many mothers are known to have observed a decline in their postpartum depression symptoms after exercising 2-3 times a week post delivery.
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