Feeling good about how we feed our babies

Post-Natal Depression and Anxiety

If feelings of guilt and shame persist or apply to areas beside breastfeeding, this could be part of a wider problem, like anxiety or postnatal depression. If you’re struggling with your mental health, please contact your GP or health visitor. Signs of Postnatal depression

  • Lasting sadness or low mood
  • Loss of interest and enjoyment
  • Lack of energy
  • Trouble sleeping at night and sleepiness in the day
  • Feeling unable to look after your baby
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions
  • Under- or over-eating
  • Feeling irritable or restless
  • Feeling you “can’t be bothered”
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless, and blaming yourself
  • Difficulty bonding or enjoying time with your baby
  • Frightening thoughts – for example, that you might hurt your baby
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life

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