BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY PREVENTS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.
Very tricky one. Read 👇🏽
This is both yes and no.
Let's deal with NO first. Mothers who wishes to breastfeed but are unable to for a variety of reasons have double the chance of having PPD.
On the other hand, a good breastfeeding experience helps reduce the risk of PPD in a new mum.
A 2012 study in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine found that women who breastfed were less likely to be diagnosed with postpartum depression over the first four months than those who bottle-fed. Researchers aren't sure what the connection is, but they suspects it has to do with oxytocin, the "feel-good hormone" produced when a baby nurses. "Plus, if breastfeeding is going well, it helps mom feel confident that she's able to provide for her baby". There is some evidence that breastfeeding may not only protect against postpartum depression but also assist in a swifter recovery from symptoms.
However, a 2011 study from the University of North Carolina suggests the opposite link may exist, as well: New moms who have negative breastfeeding experiences within the first two weeks had an increased risk of PPD.
For any first time mum or experienced mum, having PPD can be very challenging. Remember to speak out and seek help. We totally understand, we've been there too. I tell you, it's a whole lot easier once you seek for help.
So mummie's, we would like to know. What do you think? Did breastfeeding your little one prevent PPD for you or did it cause it?
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