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Can J Psychiatry. 1997 Dec;42(10):1061-5.

Breast-feeding and postpartum depression: is there a relationship?

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Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the relationship between breast-feeding cessation and the onset of postpartum depression.

METHOD:

The association between breast-feeding and depression was retrospectively examined in an obstetrical outpatient sample of 51 postpartum women who were suffering from major depression and who had stopped breast-feeding. Self-report questionnaire data were obtained from the subjects; the severity of the illness and the clinical course of each subject were evaluated.

RESULTS:

The majority (39 out of 51; 83%) of the women reported that their depression began the cessation of breast-feeding, while only 8 patients (17%) stated that their depression was subsequent to breast-feeding cessation.

CONCLUSIONS:

In an outpatient sample of depressed postpartum women, the onset of depression preceded the cessation of breast-feeding. The severity of the illness did not appear to influence breast-feeding persistence significantly.

PMID:
9469238
DOI:
10.1177/070674379704201007
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