Positive physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding have been very well established by WHO and other health Organizations. Then what could be the reason for depression and mental health issues in 1:8 new lactating mothers?Also Read - Breastfeeding VS Formula Feeding - Which is Right For Your Baby?

This is because, for a new mother undergoing hormonal changes during pregnancy and post-delivery becomes challenging and is considered the most difficult time in women’s life as they have to fulfill the expectation of being a mother with the sleepless nights, leading to mood swings and depression. Also Read - Instagram Beauty Filters to Snapchat Facetune- How Whitewashed Beauty Standard Affects Your Mental Health

When the whole world is fighting the pandemic, the incidence of “baby blues” has also increased in these uncertain times. It is very common for the new mothers to feel depressed, low, and fatigued post-delivery for initial 2-3 weeks. Sometimes it may last longer and maybe more severe resulting in mood swings and a sense of hopelessness, with drawl from friends and family then it’s always better to take the help of a specialist. Also Read - 10 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Promote Healthy And Graceful Ageing

Dr. Ila Gupta, senior IVF consultant and clinical director, Ferticity Fertility Clinics help us how can lactating mothers can fight depression.

There are certain emotional stressors that may further aggravate the depression in today’s Covid times like:

  • Illness or sad demise of someone near and dear
  • Financial burden may be due to loss of job or lockdown
  • Social isolation and distancing
  • Lack of family support
  • Lack of manpower to take care of household chores
  • Health issues to you or your child
  • History of a difficult or traumatic labour

Some simple tips for these mothers to combat ‘baby blues’ and stay calm

  • Get physically active – boost the release of endorphins
  • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet
  • Sleep well
  • Take a break, plan for vacation
  • Stay connected with your friends and family
  • Restart your hobby
  • Give time to yourself
  • Cut back to your chores – use your energy to take care of yourself and your baby. Take the help of your family
  • Communicate – express your feelings with someone you trust
  • Yoga and meditation to stay calm and to gain strength
  • Supplements like iron, calcium, multivitamins helps
  • Assurance and emotional support from family and friends