Breastfeeding also helps mother get more and better sleep postpartum, which also leads to a number of health protections for moms.”
Kathryn Bereman-Skelly, a mental health therapist in Oregon, said in an email that she has five children and works with mostly breastfeeding moms as her specialty.
“In my experience breastfeeding does have an impact on a woman's mental health,” Bereman-Skelly said.
“Breastfeeding and caring for a newborn often have steep learning curves, which tax mental and physical resources, often to the point of overwhelm. Combine this with sleep deprivation, hormonal shifts, and you have a ‘perfect storm’ for postpartum depression.”
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Reviewed August 2, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith