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National Breastfeeding Month and Postpartum

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and while there can be quite heated debates over breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, it is important to understand that the issue is not so black and white and more of a vast grey-filled set of factors including postpartum depression. Recent research looks at soon-to-be mothers and their intentions surrounding breastfeeding stating that “Although 80 percent of pregnant women in the United States intend to breastfeed, only about 40 percent continue as long as they intended”, per data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pressure to breastfeed can be consuming, and for a new mother, postpartum depression (PPD) is a huge issue that cannot be ignored. While experts agree that there are many reasons why breastfeeding is great for mother and baby, the concern comes in for mothers who are struggling.

According to the study’s author, Maria Iacovou, Ph.D., a sociologist at the University of Cambridge in England:

What is new and urgent from a pubic health perspective is the finding that there is increased PPD risk among women who plan to breastfeed and then are not able to.

Read more here, including support groups for new mothers who may be struggling.

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