Breastfeeding Problems Associated with Depression

By Rick Nauert


Postpartum depression is more common among women who had breastfeeding issues in the first two weeks after giving birth.

Accordingly, researchers say women with breastfeeding difficulties should be screened for depressive symptoms.

“We found that women who said they disliked breastfeeding were 42 percent more likely to experience postpartum depression at two months compared to women who liked breastfeeding,” said Stephanie Watkins, a doctoral student in epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We also found that women with severe breast pain at day one and also at two weeks postpartum were twice as likely to be depressed compared to women that did not experience pain with nursing.”

Full story at PsychCentral