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28 July 2011

Depression tied to breastfeeding

New moms who have particular difficulty breastfeeding may be at greater risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

New moms who have particular difficulty breastfeeding may be at greater risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests.

And that risk was higher among women who either had severe breast pain or generally disliked breastfeeding during their baby's first weeks of life.

Hormonal factors could be responsible for depression
Whether the breastfeeding difficulties are to blame is not clear, said lead researcher Stephanie Watkins of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 
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