Let me preface this by saying…
IANAn Expert, but just a woman with breastfeeding experience who has had to defend myself to my M-I-L and other extended family. I still breastfeed my daughter, happily and she is 16 months old.
I have no opinion as to whether women should or should not breastfeed. (Well, I do but it’s not relevant to this question…)It works for me and our family. I know it’s medically better for my daughter and for me, but that is not why I chose to bf her, and continue to do so. Please do not read more into this question than just a request for verfification of something I was told at a La Leche League meeting by a leader, who supposedly knows about these things.
I have not been able to find a link for this, so I can verify this information, so if you can, please lead me to the straightdope.
Here is what I was told:
When a mother gives birth, her hormones adjust and make milk. She begins with colostrum and then her milk comes in,usually within 2-5 days. If this colostrum and milk is not demanded from hungry baby, mothers body HORMONALLY goes into depression, thinking that said baby has died. In other words, the body doesn’t understand why the milk is not being consumed, therefore, the woman’s body HORMONALLY caused depression because the body thinks that the baby has DIED! I found this shocking, and it sounded a bit strange, but figured she knows what she’s on about, but does she…?
Now, I know plenty of women who have had PPD who breastfed and plenty of bottlefeeding moms who did not get PPD, so how can this be true?
Anyone have any factual information about this? I looked on the LLLI url but nothing specifically about this was found. Antecdotally, I know this might be true, or might not, but cannot find evidence and would like to have it to hand in case I get attacked on my next visit to M-I-L!
Thanks for keeping with this topic,