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Dyah Febriyanti

When Sadness Is Not the Symptom: Clinical Approaches for Breastfeeding Mothers with Postpartum Depression

  • Speaker: Dyah Febriyanti , MD, IBCLC, FABM
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

During the postpartum period, mothers experience a neuroendocrine and behavioural transition considered to be complicated. Any disruptions that occur during this transition may lead to postpartum disorder. This condition impairs maternal sensitivity, which may have additional effects on the development of the infant's emotional regulation and attachment and is associated with earlier cessation of breastfeeding.

Many people mistake depression for simple sadness. Postpartum depression goes far beyond this common perception. In its correct context, it can appear as an entirely different set of complex behavioural patterns and clinical complaints, such as manic or hypomanic episodes or even a trace of psychosis. Many mothers may not share their feelings with their doctors and instead choose to ignore or deny the onset of symptoms. It is crucial to recognise these symptoms promptly and precisely while providing practical support for breastfeeding families. When assessing perinatal mental health challenges, health care providers must consider both the condition itself and its potential effects on breastfeeding. In order to support breastfeeding dyads and their families, thoughtful clinical consideration is essential.