Many women feel depressed or anxious during and after pregnancy. It is not a sign of weakness or that she has done something wrong. It is a medical condition that can cause her to stop breastfeeding and can have long-term health effects. Here is some useful information from the National Institutes of Health on how to identify the signs of depression and what you can do to help.
Know the signs
You are in a unique position to help your loved one if you see signs of depression, such as:
- Frequent sadness, irritability, or anger.
- Foggy thinking or difficulty completing tasks.
- "Robotic" actions, like she's going through the motions.
- Anxiety around the baby.
- Saying that she's a failure as a mother.
- Lack of interest in activities she usually enjoys.