Breastfeeding on its own can be stressful for some mom’s and to add on top of that, Postpartum depression can just be a little too much for a mama to handle.
So what do you do, medicine to get better OR stressful and crying mama all day?
Do what is best for you.
If it means having to stop breastfeeding in order for you to get better, than so be it. No, I’m not saying you have to stop breastfeeding in order to overcome Postpartum depression, I am saying that you need to do what works best for you, and don’t feel guilty if you need to stop. Yes mom’s milk is the best source for baby, BUT I truly believe that mom needs to be okay in order to take care of baby. Self-care is at the upmost importance! You need to take care of YOU, so that you can take care of baby.
I was one of those moms that was going through Postpartum depression and anxiety, and breastfeeding. I had never felt so stressed and overwhelmed in my life! The moment I finally admitted that I was depressed, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders, and the day I didn’t have to worry about pumping anymore, I felt free! I no longer had anxiety over taking my pump everywhere with me. I no longer worried about packing everything (nipple cream, nursing pads, storage bags, etc.). I was then one step closer to overcoming my depression.
Now, I know some moms, whether they try not to, judge. They judge you when you’re tired from being a parent, they judge you when you no longer breastfeed baby, and they judge when you say I don’t know if I can do this mom thing. The fact of the matter is that yes you will encounter judgmental people throughout your lifetime, but it is up to you whether you let it phase you or not. No mom should ever have to feel pressured to “mom” the right way, because there is no right way, there’s YOUR way and that’s it.
So, at the end of the day, listen to your body, get the okay from your doctor, and do what’s best for YOU. Whether it involves breastfeeding with very minimal dosage of certain medications, or completely stopping breastfeeding to bring you out of your depression, the choice is yours. Just know that there are other mom’s out there that are going through the same situation, you are NOT alone mama.
Happy mom = happy baby = happy postpartum life!