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Post-weaning depression should only last a month or so, as your hormones adjust and you acclimate to your new normal as a non-breastfeeding mother. If after a month or so, your feelings of depression and moodiness don’t subside, speak to your healthcare provider about seeking mental health help, or a medical evaluation. Post-weaning depression doesn’t get its fair share of attention—and there’s little research on the condition. That may have something to do with.

Post-weaning depression is very real for many moms, but many don’t recognize the signs until it hits. And it can hit hard. If you’re no stranger to postpartum, you’ll know there’s never a dull moment.

Our hormones and emotions are always fluctuating with the changes our bodies continuously adapt to. We hear a lot about postpartum anxiety and depression, but not many of us talk or even know about post-weaning anxiety and depression. However, this very real occurrence can leave many moms in a state of worry and fear that can spiral if left unchecked.

This article offers one mom’s story of how she got through. If you start noticing the symptoms of post-weaning depression, talk to your doctor. Medication and therapy are often the best courses of treatment. Talking through this transition period can provide comfort and clarity.

Many women feel like seeing a doctor or taking medication makes them weak or less of a mother. Post-weaning depression doesn’t get its fair share of attention. That may have something to do with the fact that moms aren’t always closely monitored for depression at the time of weaning. Post weaning depression, a common phenomenon, yet largely ignored in India, and ways to combat it, for yourself and your loved ones. Postpartum depression (baby blues) is a common occurance largely ignored and very rarely talked about in India. baby blues is not the only form of depression new mothers have to worry about.There is another one, which most.

The biggest argument for the existence of post-weaning depression lies within the thousand of personal account buried across the internet in mom blogs and parenting forums. Sadly, in most cases, once the baby is here, mom falls to the wayside. They definitely need to do more research on the effects of weaning and hormones so that women who go through this don’t feel like they are alone or going crazy. Reply jenna westall on July 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm.

But for some women, depression delays even longer, surfacing during or after weaning a baby. While there’s very little research on the subject of post-weaning depression, experts hypothesize that a mom’s mood changes after ceasing breastfeeding stem from a decline of the hormones oxytocin and prolactin.

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Since these depressed mothers do not reinforce communication, their children learn to keep interaction to a minimum and speak less in general.

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Because every new mother experiences at least some of these symptoms, they may be wrongly interpreted as baby blues.

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They should be able to distinguish the symptoms of depression from normal postpartum adjustment such as the blues and be able to assess their severity and impact on mother and baby.

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Mothers who had no one to talk to about their problems after delivery had a high rate of postpartum depression and a low rate of help-seeking.

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Acknowledging that many new mothers feel down (blues) but are not emotionally incapacitated (atypical depression or psychosis) gives families guidelines to do self-monitoring.

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I had post-natal depression and was advised by my doctor to have special classes with other mothers.

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Depression in first time mothers: Mother–infant interaction and depression chronicity.

“Handbook of Infant Mental Health, Fourth Edition” by Charles H. Zeanah
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Intervention studies could play a role in answering that question by identifying moderators of the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve sensitive parenting in women with depression during the postpartum period.

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Talking about postpartum depression before birth can actually have a positive impact in reducing depression because it will help a mother develop realistic goals and expectations for herself.

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Many mothers with postpartum blues or mild PPD benefit from talking with a therapist and becoming involved in postpartum support groups.

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  • Google Dr Jolene Brighten. She’s a naturopathic GYN, and has a ton of information online that could help. The information she shares has helped me so much!

  • Is there any chance that you could have PCOS?If so you could try metformin which is actually a medication for diabetes but it helps PCOS as well

  • An idea to make you fall in love with your home is to have friends over. Nothing big, or overplanned. Just have a girls night. Drink wine, watch a chick flick, eat good food. Fill your home with joy and people you love.

  • Just went through this experience it was horrible. I am seeing a therapist now for the anxiety but I am barely feeling like myself 2 months post wearing. thank you for sharing this women need to hear about this.

  • Man you hit the nail on the head when u talked about feeling like what’s the point of anything and life. I just recently went through this exact thing, not from post weaning, but it is awful. I get major anxiety and depression out of nowhere and noone in my family or anyone I know has ever had it so I feel like I’m crazy and messed up sometimes. But it made me feel better hearing u talk about it, not that I’m happy you had to go through it, but u know what I mean lol. Anyways I have been following you for a long time now and watch all of your videos so I kinda feel like I know you:)
    Thank you for talking about it and for always being real!

  • I paused the video because I am a one year old teacher at a daycare and if you find the right daycare it’s very good for the kids socially and academically as well. I’m teaching my babies their abc’s and numbers and colors and shapes. But absolutely do all the research before finding one because there are many scary ones out there. Even a Mother’s Day out program that does twice a week would be so much fun for Mckenlee.

  • So I’m only half way through but my heart is breaking for you Angela. Also I relate so much. Our babies are a week apart, so we are on similar timelines. I stopped breastfeeding around 9 months and definitely felt it emotionally. I was so sad all the time for no reason and I couldn’t figure it out. It didnt help that my husband was deployed from June until February so I was alone with 3 children. I kept having the same feeling of, “what’s the point”. Every time I scrolled through IG, I was getting very upset and irritated because I kept thinking, who cares about your freakin highlight or the new eye shadow palette coming out! Theres so many more important things going on in the world! It actually made me completely delete my IG (which I did on a whim so I now regret it lol) but I havnt yet made a new one because I dont know if I’m ready. I never had these feelings with my other 2 children so it was all new to me. I didnt breast feed my first 2. I’m glad you’re working through everything and you have a lot of support. Thank you for opening up to everyone. These problems are real and people relate. Prayers for healing ❤

  • I’m really glad I’ve listened to these last couple of episodes. After 4 kids and 2 bouts of postpartum hell I never really knew anyone that truly understands. It’s nice to know this is real and we aren’t crazy. I’m so glad y’all have a good support system ❤️ I actually thought God hated me when I go through these issues.

  • I am SO glad you are starting to feel a little bit better.
    We have 2 kids. Our daughter is 7 and our son is almost 3.(in 2 weeks) Both C-sections. I have had horrible stress and anxiety since our son was born. I had NEVER had anxiety before he was born. I didn’t even know what anxiety was until it happened to me. I had, sometimes still HAVE thoughts and overwhelming feeling that just ARE NOT me. I also am not pro medication. I try anything natural first. But you know sometimes natural just doesn’t cut it. I have yet to talk to my dr. about it. I am scared to.
    It actually really helped me to hear that I’m not the only weirdo out there who is scared to take prescription medications. Thank you for sharing your journey.

  • Thanks for the video. I keep trying to learn more and more because I’m on a mission to help people overcome depression and stop suicide! Thanks again and I hope to see more soon. And check out my page I think you’ll like it:)

  • Oh I won’t lie here I got really post breast feeding depression. It was aweful. But I did see a Dr and he said darl you did well you breastfed for 2 years.. she was tiny so i could get away with it. But I didn’t care what people thought any way. But it feels like your missing something. I use to cry. I use to think i feel like a bad mum. But it gets better. You bond even more over different things. Your doing great. Mother hood is AMAZING but so many emotions and feelings come with it. I had four. Trust me you will get better.❤����

  • I had terrible post partum depression. we went thru years trying to get pregnant, then our first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage. we ended up having to go on meds and finally got our rainbow in 2013. labor was difficult and ended in an emergency c section. he was born healthy and we were discharged 2 days later. but upon arriving home from the hospital, I started crying and couldn’t stop. my mind was racing and my husband drove me to the ER. I called 911 on the way there because I was having a panic attack. I was eventually put on antidepressants and they finally helped after a few months. before all this, I never knew how bad it could be!

  • I’m so glad that you had informed healthcare professionals, and that you’re getting the help you need! I have three children, but I’ve never heard of this before. I definitely went through it, but I just attributed it to hormones. For me, it got worse with each child. I did go to my OB when I hit my low point after weaning my third, but she just gave me birth control (which made me crazier so I quit after a few months). Looking back, I don’t even recognize the woman I’d become. �� I really hope this information becomes more mainstream, it could help so many women!

  • I’m currently experiencing depression, and although I’m sad to hear you went through those post-weaning difficulties, it’s also comforting to know that others have faced the same thing I am. I totally understand what you meant about every responsibility seeming overwhelming and feeling like things don’t have a point. I’m also a Christian, but I’ve struggled a lot with feelings of emptiness and apathy. Hope you don’t have to experience these things anymore. Thanks for sharing your story.:)

  • 48:24 can anybody question a mom loving her baby? If anything, your daughter will grow up being proud of her brave mum, who, by the Grace of God, conquered her struggles and her loyal dad, who was there throughout.❤

  • I haven’t had a baby in almost 6 years, but I deal with some “mommy anger” issues which obviously does not set a very good example for my daughter. Anyway, I’ve been doing a bible study this week by Daily Grace Co. called “The Fruit of the Spirit, Walking by the Spirit, Bear His Fruit” and it has been eye opening for me with regard to some of the negativity and anger that I have. If you like having a bible study to follow you should check out Daily Grace Co. on their website. Super affordable and very beautiful design. �� I first heard of them on Megan Fox Unlocked and had to check them out!

    Good for you for recognizing when you need to take a break instead of just pushing through! Keep up the great work with your channel! Love from Oregon. ♥️

  • This is the most articulate discussion/explanation of anxiety/depression I’ve ever heard. You two expressed the emotions and feelings so well. Thank you.

  • So so sorry Angela! Thank you for sharing all of this because I know it’s going to help people and it’s very inspiring to hear you talk about your faith in the way that that played a huge part. Matt sounds like he’s been so supportive and just the best through all of this…..Low vitamin D definitely leads to being more sad! It wouldn’t explain all of the things you went through but it should help.

  • Are you able to please post up your great video about DMER and Oxytocin with the Swedish endocrinologist? I’d like to share t with my lactation consultant however she does not have facebook so I cant share your page with her there.