My Breast Was Not Best

In 2001 when I had my first baby, breastfeeding was just becoming more focused on. Breast is Best was everywhere and I was looking forward to nourishing my baby from my body. When my baby arrived, I kept waiting for my milk to come in. Nurses told me since I had a traumatic delivery, it […]

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Postpartum Depression: Be Your Own Best Advocate

“Postpartum depression emerges at a time in a woman’s life when both the demands and stakes are high.  In addition to the disturbing feelings and symptoms, there is one more complicating factor.  There is a baby in the picture.  This makes everything more dramatic, more precarious, and much more urgent. Whether it’s her first bout […]

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This Isn’t What I Expected: Prologue

Prologue by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin   When we wrote the first comprehensive guide for postpartum depression, This Isn’t What I Expected, almost two decades ago, we surely hoped that things would be different by now: mothers wouldn’t feel so much pressure to be perfect, the link between hormones and postpartum depression would be well […]

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The Indescribable Pain – Trigger alert

I thought some of you might relate to this poem. It was written years ago by the sister of an old friend of mine, a prolific poet.  Valerie and I originally found the poem, titled “Postpartum” when we first published “This Isn’t What I Expected” and used an excerpt from it as one of our […]

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Guest Blog Post – Katie

I’m writing in response to the section on The Postpartum Stress Center’s Web site titled “Is Breast Always Best?” Your editorial resonated with me and gave me a new idea. I’m certainly not writing to argue your thoughts, because I’ve been in that grief-inducing spot of having to choose whether to continue breastfeeding my baby […]

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Just Feed Your Baby

In response to a piece posted on Delancey’s Place: In the interest of balancing the scales, let me be clear – my intention is NOT to fire up a debate or rekindle any preexisting controversy. Nor do I want to agitate well-meaning, informed readers that I will undoubtedly offend. I did, however, find this piece […]

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New Guidelines Reinforcing Breastfeeding……….

Task Force Guidelines Urge Clinicians to Promote Breastfeeding More Actively: (published Oct 21 Annals of Internal Medicine) Updated guidelines by the US Preventative Services Task Force reommend that healthcare providers intervene during pregnancy and after childbirth to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies. They cite medical reasons to back this recommendation that we have heard […]

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More Pressure to Fail?

ABC news reports that NYC hospitals have banned all infant formula from the take-home gift packs for new moms, hoping to encourage breastfeeding. Other hospitals have also taken this step in order to promote breastfeeding. The debate continues… Formula is expensive.Breastfeeding is good for baby.Some women feel pressured into breastfeeding.Some women feel pressured into bottlefeeding. […]

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New Research on Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression

New research by Ellen Homewood, Alison Tweed and Jon Crossley of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester, and Michelle Cree of the Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust raises important issues on the relationship between breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Some of the mothers studied felt that pressure to breastfeed, (interpreted as […]

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Keeping Breastfeeding in the Public Domain

I love this story. Mothering Magazine held a contest for a breastfeeding icon so facilities can designate that are breastfeeding friendly. The creator of this fabulously sweet icon and winner of their contest is Matt Daigle and frankly, I’d love to give him more exposure and free publicity. Not only is he talented but the […]

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