We all know the first two weeks of breastfeeding ARE the hardest. Why?? Well because both Mummie and Nummie Lover are still trying to get the hang of it all. Think about it.... your little Nummie Lover was just born. He/she is just now seeing what the world really looks like and is having to figure out how to get his/her own food. Some Nummie Lovers get this whole "nummie lovin'" thing down right away.... while others take a while. For me Kit Kat took to it right away (still had her issues...... but she knew how to nurse right away.) but Pooker.... well it took her 6 months before she knew how to nurse correctly.
The study found that "Women who reported disliking breastfeeding during the first week were 1.42 times as likely to be depressed at two months. Women who reported severe breastfeeding pain on their first day were 1.96 times as likely to be depressed at two months."The researchers used data collected from the Infant Feeding and Practices Study II, and assessed the postpartum depression status of the 2,586 women in that study with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.
From that, 8.6 mummies were found to have met the criteria for major depression two months after giving birth.
Stephanie Watkins, a doctoral student in epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said “We found that women who said they disliked breastfeeding were 42 percent more likely to experience postpartum depression at two months compared to women who liked breastfeeding. We also found that women with severe breast pain at day one and also at two weeks postpartum were twice as likely to be depressed compared to women that did not experience pain with nursing.”
If you find yourself really struggling, unhappy and withdrawn.... please reach out for help. Breastfeeding is not always easy and the frustration that causes can lead to depression. There is help out there, there are people who will listen and care.
Take it easy Mummies.... you deserve it!