20/08/14Breastfeeding cuts depression risk

‘Breastfeeding cuts depression risk’ (James Gallagher BBC News Health Website)

A recently published study reaffirms the need for professional support for breastfeeding mums in the early postnatal period and strengthens the case for good preparation in the antenatal period for mums-to-be and their partners, in order to achieve successful breastfeeding. Researchers from the University of Cambridge published the study in the Journal of Maternal and Child Health ‘New Evidence on Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression: The importance of Understanding Women’s Intentions’ Borra, C. et al (2014).

The results show that it is necessary not only for women to understand the benefits of breastfeeding but also to have expert support in the early stages of breastfeeding. A good foundation of knowledge of the technique of how to breastfeed and realistic expectations of the first few weeks of having a new baby in your life, will also aid success. Please see my breastfeeding page on this website for details of my antenatal breastfeeding preparation appointment. LB


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