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Let’s Get Real About Breastfeeding

When I saw this post I was taken back by the transparency of the author. As a business owner of a Nanny Service, I see it all!!!!!

When you have a baby, you get smashed over the head multiple times by the ‘breast is best’ mantra.

It can be stressful and annoying to feel like the whole world is judging you about how you choose to feed your baby.

It’s understandable the health authorities want to encourage women to breastfeed, because it’s clearly what nature intended, but I think we need to take the pressure down a notch or two. Let’s understand this , growing a human being inside of you for 9/10 months isn’t an easy task. Then to have the added pressure of being the only person to feed the baby isn’t always easy. So let’s ALL be a little more supportive and encouraging to the moms of today.

Can You Tell I Have Postpartum Depression Just By Looking At Me ?

Postpartum depression

You’ve just had a baby. You expected to be basking in new mom bliss. You expected to be celebrating the arrival of your little one with your friends and family. But instead of celebrating, you feel like crying. You were prepared for joy and excitement, not exhaustion, anxiety, and weepiness. You may not have been expecting it, but mild depression or anxiety and mood swings are common in new mothers—so common, in fact, that it has its own name: the baby blues.

The majority of women experience at least some symptoms of the baby blues immediately after childbirth. It is a feeling precipitated by the sudden change in hormones after delivery, stress, isolation, sleep deprivation, and fatigue. You might feel more tearful, overwhelmed, and emotionally fragile. Generally, this will start within the first couple of days after delivery, peak around one week, and taper off by the end of the second week postpartum.

Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression

Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is a more serious problem—one that you shouldn’t ignore. However, it’s not always easy to distinguish between the two.

In the beginning, postpartum depression can look like the normal baby blues. In fact, postpartum depression and the baby blues share many symptoms, including mood swings, crying jags, sadness, insomnia, and irritability. The difference is that with postpartum depression, the symptoms are more severe (such as suicidal thoughts or an inability to care for your newborn) and longer lasting.

  • You might find yourself withdrawing from your partner or being unable to bond well with your baby.
  • You might find your anxiety out of control, preventing you from sleeping –even when the baby is sleep, or eating appropriately.
  • You might find feelings of guilt or worthlessness overwhelming or begin to develop thoughts preoccupied with death or even wish you were not alive.
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