Ms. C is a woman with a long history of bipolar disorder, dating back to her teen years. Because she experienced recurrent hypomania and mania every time she attempted to discontinue her treatment, she and her psychiatrist decided that she would remain on her regular regimen of medications during pregnancy and the postpartum period, which […]
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Women with bipolar disorder are at a higher risk for relapse during pregnancy and that the risk is even higher during the postpartum period. In addition, women with bipolar disorder are more vulnerable to postpartum psychosis. It is for these reasons that we typically recommend that women with bipolar disorder maintenance treatment with a mood […]
For decades, researchers have postulated a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD). Many have suggested that breastfeeding may protect against postpartum depression and have suggested that the cessation of breastfeeding may be a trigger for postpartum depression and/or anxiety. However, the research examining the association between postpartum depression and breastfeeding has been mixed and […]
We often see women with postpartum depression (PPD) who are also experiencing problems with breastfeeding. Several different questions arise? Are these women depressed because they are having problems with breastfeeding? Or does their depression and/or anxiety make it more difficult for them to breastfeed? Many previous studies have looked at the association between breastfeeding and […]
Few studies have examined the impact of past and recent abuse on breastfeeding behaviors. A recent study indicates that exposure to emotional, sexual or physical abuse (past or recent) is associated with earlier cessation of breastfeeding. This study included 53,934 mothers participating in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study who responded to questionnaires at […]
Although new mothers describe breastfeeding as a meaningful and fulfilling aspect of caring for their infants, breastfeeding is also a common source of stress and anxiety. Breastfeeding self-efficacy or BSE refers to a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed her infant. While previous studies have focused on the relationship between postpartum mood and breastfeeding, […]
For decades, researchers have postulated a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD). However, the research examining the association between postpartum depression and breastfeeding has been somewhat difficult to interpret. While many believe that breastfeeding prevent postpartum depression, this has not been a consistent finding. A new study suggests that postpartum depression may be more […]
For decades, researchers have postulated a connection between breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD). However, the research examining the association between postpartum depression and breastfeeding has been somewhat difficult to interpret. A recent cross-sectional study yields some new information regarding the relationship between depression and breastfeeding. Families with children aged 12 months or younger participating in […]
While we have adequate data to support the use of SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy, there is less data regarding other classes of antidepressants. A new case series documents the outcomes of infants exposed to mirtazapine (Remeron).
This is one of the most common questions sent in to our website. Many women ask if it is safe to smoke while they are breastfeeding. Smoking is relatively common during pregnancy, with about 10% of all women smoking at some point during their pregnancy. The rates are even higher among women with psychiatric illness. While many women may be able to stop smoking or reduce their intake during pregnancy, most women resume smoking during the postpartum period. And women who suffer from postpartum depression are at even higher risk for smoking relapse.