• Early Problems in Breastfeeding may Signal Postpartum Depression

    A study takes a look at a group of moms’ breastfeeding problems and its relation to postpartum depression.
  • breastfeedingAccording to a study conducted by the University of Carolina at Carol Hill, mothers who experienced difficulties breastfeeding in the first two weeks after giving birth were more likely to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) at two months. The findings were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

    The results showed that 42 percent of women who disliked breastfeeding were more prone to having postpartum depression than those women who enjoyed it. Another finding also reports that women who experienced breast pain at two weeks after giving birth were more inclined to be depressed than those who had no such problems nursing.

    The researchers, headed by author Alison Stuebe, M.D., used data from the Infant Feeding and Practices Study II in order to ascertain the postpartum depression of the 2,586 included in the study. This was determined with the aid of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, a system developed to help professionals detect whether moms have PPD. Moms have to respond to 10 questions regarding how they has been feeling for the past seven days.

    Here were the results:
    •    8.6 percent among the respondents were found to be suffering from depression two months postpartum.
    •    Women who disliked breastfeeding were found to be 1.42 times more likely to be depressed two months after giving birth.
    •    Those who experienced severe breast pain during their first day had a 1.96 higher tendency to be depressed at two months.

    Given these findings, it is recommended that women having problems nursing should be screened for depression and seek counseling if proven positive for PPD. Symptoms of PPD or baby blues include the following: mood swings, sadness, exhaustion and anxiety.

     

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