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Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression: What's the Connection?

From the Show: HER
Summary: Why do some women suffer from postpartum depression and some do not?
Air Date: 3/13/14
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peek, MD
Guest Bio: Sara Chana, RH
Sara ChanaSara Chana Silverstein is a Brooklyn-based, international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, businesswoman, wife and mother of seven children. Sara is your teacher and guide as you navigate the challenging worlds of working mom and/or breastfeeding mother, revealing the secrets to taking charge of your own health for the well-being of both you and your child. She is a highly sought-after public speaker, presenting an array of topics in an intelligent, compelling, funny, provocative, and exciting way.
Breastfeeding & Postpartum Depression: What's the Connection?
Why do some women suffer from postpartum depression and some do not?

If you have a natural childbirth without medical intervention, your chances of Postpartum Depression (PPD) decrease significantly. 

Also, if you are taught how to breastfeed "pain-free" and feel successful as a new mother, your chances of PPD decrease. Finally, if you get the support you need -- emotionally and physically -- your chances of developing PPD are significantly lower (National Institutes of Health). 

Many new moms fear postpartum depression, but many nursing moms are unaware that depression can occur during and after weaning.

What could cause this unexpected emotional change in mothers?

Sara Chana Silverstein is a Brooklyn-based, international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist and mother of seven children. She presents decades of practice in her app: Breastfeeding for Boobs.

Sara explains how nursing moms can breastfeed and wean successfully so as to limit the potential for postpartum depression. 

Herbs that will help with your mood swings:
  • Lemon Balm is calming
  • Oats is great for frazzled nerves
  • Motherwort helps with hormonal moodiness
  • Skullcap helps with anxiety
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