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It’s OK to Throw Away Some of Those Baby Advice Books

When I meet with mothers of new babies, I often spend a fair amount of time delving into their beliefs about parenting and what they perceive as the “right” way to care for their new baby.  Granted, most of the new mothers I see suffer from depression or anxiety, but I can also look to […]

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Clinical Update 2017: Lamotrigine (Lamictal) and Breastfeeding

Women with bipolar disorder are vulnerable to postpartum illness, and it is generally recommended that mothers continue treatment with a mood stabilizer throughout the postpartum period to reduce their risk of relapse; however, this recommendation is complicated by the fact that all mood stabilizers are secreted into the breast milk, although their concentrations appear to […]

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In Brief: Maybe Breastfeeding Doesn’t Boost IQ

Over the years, various studies have demonstrated the many advantages of breastfeeding, findings that have led the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend that all mothers breastfeed their children for the first year of the child’s life. Several studies have also examined the relationship between breastfeeding and intellectual development in younger children and have demonstrated […]

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Clinical Case: Breastfeeding in a Woman with Bipolar Disorder

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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Atypical Antipsychotics and Breastfeeding

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 […]

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Breastfeeding Status Does Not  Affect Risk for Postpartum Depression

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 […]

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What Happens When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Go As Planned?

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 […]

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In Brief: Abuse History Associated with Early Termination of Breastfeeding

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 […]

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Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Mood in First-Time Mothers

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, […]

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