Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression By: Allison Reid

The beauty of childbirth is depicted in society as a natural thing for a woman. It is a time of happiness and joy when a mother receives the opportunity to bond and make a connection with her newborn child.

With this joy may come an unwanted illness known as postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is an episode of major depression that is temporarily associated with childbirth.

Some studies show that breastfeeding may help reduce the risks of postpartum depression and may even prevent it from happening. Breastfeeding can benefit both mom and baby in the long run, whether it be for health reasons or simply having a connection together.

Along with reducing depression and several diseases in the mother, breastfeeding is very beneficial to the newborn baby as well. Benefits may include: the prevention of diarrhea, ear infections, asthma and pneumonia, as well as lowering the risk for obesity and the development of allergies.

In conclusion, although breastfeeding may not be a cure for postpartum depression, it can help tremendously in preventing the diagnosis of depression after childbirth.

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