3. Postpartum Depression Although depression may make breastfeeding more difficult, breastfeeding may help depression. According to Depression Research and Treatment, “…while postpartum depression may reduce rates of breastfeeding, not engaging in breastfeeding may increase the risk of postpartum depression. Additionally, there is some evidence that breastfeeding may protect against postpartum depression or assist in a swifter recovery from symptoms.”
4. Having a C-Section Birth Breastfeeding after a C-Section birth may cause a multitude of challenges that range from pain of the incision, causing the mother to not find a comfortable feeding position to the actual act of feeding being affected. According to askdrsears.com, “it may, however, take a bit longer for mothers and babies to begin breastfeeding after cesarean surgery, and mothers’ milk tends to come in a bit later following a surgical birth.”
Although these conditions won’t necessarily stop you from breastfeeding, they can certainly make it more challenging. There are many resources out there to help if you find yourself having difficulties with breastfeeding and most importantly, have a conversation with your doctor and lactation consultant.