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September 17th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Hello!
I've posted this in the breastfeeding forum too.

My son has been nursing less lately. My supply has reduced as a result. The problem is, I've noticed that during times when he used to nurse but now isn't, I've had feelings similar to those that I had when I first had him (I had the baby blues for 2 weeks after he was born). I'm afraid of going through that kind of depression again, but I think it's going to happen when I finally wean him for good. I know it's related to nursing because as soon as he does nurse, I feel fine once again.

Does anyone have insight or experience with this?
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September 18th, 2009, 02:24 AM
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i can't comment on the depression side of it but my DD reduced her nursing at roughly the same age. I weaned her but I was ready to.

You don't have to wean if you're not ready, he should come through if you keep offering the breast.
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September 18th, 2009, 03:20 AM
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That's a tough one. I had PPD, but it was better if I was just near him. I didn't get worse when he dropped nursings. Could you try to pump when he used to have nursings? I think that might help. But eventually he will wean, so it's really only a partial answer!
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September 18th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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when i stopped pumping at work my PPD did get worse.
my doc said it has something to do with the hormone changes.
hopefully he gets back to nursing soon for you.
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September 19th, 2009, 09:46 AM
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I know nursing gives us a natural high so it makes sense that missing a nursing session is missing that rush of "feel good" hormones that are released during nursing.
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