Study: Breastfeeding Problems Tied to Depression Risk
New mothers who have a hard time breastfeeding are at greater risk to suffer symptoms of postpartum depression 2 months after giving birth and should be screened for depression, a new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports. Of nearly 2,600 mothers who breastfed, almost eight percent were positive for major depression two months postpartum, reporting symptoms including strong feelings of sadness, anxiety or helplessness that do not improve after a week and start to interfere with daily life.
The risk of depression was higher among women who had breast pain or generally "disliked" breastfeeding during the baby's first weeks of life, Reuters reports.
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