Washington [US]May 14 (ANI): A new systematic review has looked at the effects of breastfeeding on mothers’ mental health to make recommendations for breastfeeding.
The results of this study are published in the Journal of Women’s Health.
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Megan Yuen and Olivia Hall of the University of Massachusetts Chan School of Medicine and their colleagues found that, overall, breastfeeding was associated with better maternal mental health outcomes. However, if a mother experiences breastfeeding difficulties or differences between her expectations and actual experience, breastfeeding is associated with negative mental health outcomes.
Of 36 studies that found a statistically significant relationship between breastfeeding and mental health, 29 found breastfeeding to be associated with fewer mental health symptoms, and one found breastfeeding to be associated to an increase in maternal mental health symptoms.
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Of 34 studies that found a statistically significant relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum depression symptoms, 28 studies found that breastfeeding was associated with a decreased risk of postpartum depression symptoms.
“To help clinicians personalize breastfeeding and mental health counselling, it is important to recognize that while breastfeeding is generally associated with improved maternal mental health, it may have negative health consequences. mental health if the mother is having difficulty breastfeeding or if the experience is not meeting her expectations,” says Journal of Women’s Health editor Susan G. Kornstein, MD, executive director of the Institute for Women’s Health from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. (ANI)
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