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Problems With Breastfeeding Triggered My Postpartum Depression

I really felt that my inability to exclusively breastfeed my son was a complete personal failure that would affect him for the rest of his life

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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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