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I have quit breastfeeding my daughter can this cause depression???

my daughter is 2 and i was ready to stop i am not depressed because i can't i am glad but i have had the nmajor blues

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Asked by misty31rx at 10:03 PM on Oct. 21, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • You get some pretty good feel good hormones while nursing so maybe your responding to the absence of those hormones.

    Answer by kbakeman at 10:08 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • It's a major adjustment, and your hormones are probably adjusting to not needing to make milk anymore. Find some mommies you can lean on and talk to. Good luck! Congrats on making it this far with nursing! That's AWESOME, mama!!

    Answer by musicpisces at 10:08 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • Yes it can be normal.. You have stopped doing something that brought about a great bond between you and your child.. Just replace that time with something else age appropriate like reading to her with her curled in your lap, doing her hair, or painting her nails.. She is growing so change up the activities so you still have that time..

    Warning... if it gets bad please talk to your Dr.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 10:09 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • I would think so. Anything that altars your hormones can definitely cause depression. Hang in there!

    Answer by Adelicious at 12:53 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • Yes. It's a change in what you do together AND your hormones. If weaning happens slowly and gradually, it shouldn't be as bad.

    Answer by jus1jess at 9:47 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • It is common to experience Post Partum depression after you stop nursing. I would talk to your doctor about it.

    Answer by Glowing4Caleb at 2:12 PM on Oct. 22, 2010

  • Be wary of depression
    In a few women who have personal or familial histories of depression, rapid weaning in the first year may precipitate severe depression or even psychotic behavior. This may result from the hormonal changes at weaning, perhaps in combination with feelings of loss of the symbiotic mother-baby bond. Extreme anxiety, fears, frequent tearfulness, insomnia, and loss of appetite are signs that medical help is needed (Susman and Katz 1988).

    Answer by emilysmom1966 at 5:59 PM on Oct. 24, 2010

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