Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression?

This article on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine blog explores the research that has been done on breastfeeding and PPD… Does breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression? It would be great if the answer were an unequivocal “Yes!” Postpartum depression, or PPD, is one of the most common complication of childbirth, affecting about 1 in 10 new moms, […]

Medications for Trauma Symptoms and PTSD in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Medication Use for Trauma Symptoms and PTSD in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Although medications are not the central treatment modality for PTSD, they can be helpful in women’s recovery. Medications can be used safely in pregnant and breastfeeding women with trauma symptoms and there are safer choices within each medication category.

Some articles on depression therapies…

Bright Light Therapy for Depression Bright light therapy is a generally safe, well-tolerated treatment option for seasonal depression. It may relieve non-seasonal depression as well. Bright light therapy is also breastfeeding friendly and can be used during pregnancy. Can Fats Make You Happy? by Kathleen A Kendall-Tackett Becoming a mother can be wonderful—and […]

PPD legislation

FYI: Another thing included in the health care bill… (Sec. 2952) Encourages the Secretary to continue activities on postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis, including research to expand the understanding of their causes and treatment. Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to eligible entities for projects to establ…ish, operate, and coordinate effective and cost-efficient systems for […]

How to treat depression safely while breastfeeding

Lansinoh: How to treat depression safely while breastfeeding: An interview with Dr. Kathleen Kendall With all the joy that a new baby brings to a family, there can also be a lot of stress, anxiety, and big changes that might affect a mom’s mental health. Postpartum depression affects anywhere from 10 percent to 20 […]

Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM)

So useful! Protocols – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care. Variations in treatment may be appropriate according to the needs of an individual patient.

Depression in new mothers

My Montage 2/4/10 (no active link available) A short slide show summarizing what we know about depression in new mothers, by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett.

Breastfeeding and mental health (for the child)

Breast feeding for over six months could aid mental health | Reuters SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – Children who are breastfed for longer than six months could be at lower risk of mental health problems later in life, according to Australian research… See Why Would Breastfed Children Be Less Depressed? for more on this from […]