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Science Explains the Connection Between Breastfeeding and Depression

study found that up to 9% of breastfeeding women experience D-MER at some point. Currently, scientists have begun studying why certain women develop the condition and how to treat it.Dysphoric milk ejection reflex causes a sudden influx of intrusive thoughts and heavy emotions during breastfeeding. It usually occurs as the milk begins flowing and may last for a few minutes.

ADVERTISEMENT Some people may dismiss these feelings, believing that it’s a psychological reaction to breastfeeding. However, experts have discovered that D-MER results from a physiological response caused by fluctuating hormones. So, women who experience this condition can feel better knowing it isn’t just in their heads.Symptoms may vary from person to person, but D-MER generally causes intense negative feelings.

The most common signs of dysphoric milk ejection reflex include:Women may experience all or only a few of these symptoms, ranging from mild to intense. Most breastfeeding moms will notice them shortly after feeding and in the minutes following. Some women who experience mild or moderate symptoms may continue breastfeeding with no issues.

However, moms with more severe symptoms may have such overwhelmingly negative feelings that they must formula feed instead. ADVERTISEMENT Some women may feel confused since D-MER mimics the same symptoms as postpartum depression. However, the primary way to tell the difference involves the timing of symptoms.

D-MER is likely to blame if they only occur during or immediately following breastfeeding. However, most moms find relief from their symptoms after a few minutes of feeding.With postpartum depression, the feelings linger and can affect daily functioning, not just during breastfeeding. It may impair

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