Breastfeeding made me depressed

by E

I nursed (and pumped) exclusively for seven months. The first 4 were awesome but then I got walloped with depression and lots of tears, frustration, an ill temper... you name it.

At my wits end, I started seeing a therapist for PPD. Around the start of month 7, I stopped pumping during the work day and only breastfeeding at night (Co sleeper) and.. . Ta-Daaah! All those bad, im-gonna-lose-my-mind feelings disappeared.

I think there is something to be said for more in depth research into all the postnatal hormones and physical chemical reactions that go into BF.

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Aug 28, 2014
Hormones and PPD
by: Onmy4th

I agree that more research is needed on how breastfeeding hormones affect women and our moods ... I've had a similar experience in that I've never felt like myself while breastfeeding--and have felt great relief (mood-wise) almost immediately after giving up nursing each time (just gave birth to my 4th child). I'm not sure that these hormones affect all women in the same way ...

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