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Is unsuccessful breastfeeding causing depression?

Is unsuccessful breastfeeding causing depression?

Mothers who try and are unable to breastfeed are more likely to suffer postnatal depression, a recent report states.

Out of 14,000 women in England, it was found that many who planned, but were unable to breastfeed, were two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from postnatal depression, compared with women who decided to breastfeed through choice. Roughly 1 out of 10 women experience postnatal depression, believed to affect the mother’s ability to bond with baby. It is also believed to be detrimental to the longer-term development of the baby.

Post natal depression can sometimes take up to six months to manifest itself and its clinical diagnosis is based on lots of different criteria. If you think you may be suffering from this illness or want to discuss and negative feelings you feel after the birth of your child, there is support available. It is very important for you and your baby’s wellbeing that you discuss this with your GP or health worker. Even talk to your partner or friends and family about how you feel initially, but please speak out. If you are made to feel like you are over-reacting or you are not being understood, then ask to be referred to someone who will listen properly.

Don’t suffer in silence. Why wont my baby sleep.