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Problems With Breastfeeding Triggered My Postpartum Depression

This story originally appeared on xoJane.com. When I was pregnant, I was all about breastfeeding. I knew it was the best, healthiest, smartest way to feed my unborn baby. I read "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and "Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding" and I was convinced that my baby and I would be naturals at it.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

I believe a great deal of postpartum depression comes from depletion of the mother’s internal stores of omega-3 fatty acids, which are already low since they were being used by the fetus for brain development. ¬†Supplementing the mother’s diet during and after birth (especially if breast feeding) is essential to maintain adequate levels of the omega-3 fatty acids to reduce depression in the mother.

 

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