A Breastfeeding-Friendly Approach to Depression in New Mothers

Curriculum and Resource Guide for Health Care Providers

Curriculum Objectives

After completing this curriculum, health care providers will be able to:

  • Identify women who may be at risk for depression in the perinatal period.
  • Recognize the symptoms of depression and other mood disorders in pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Describe how postpartum mood disorders may impact breastfeeding.
  • Describe the causes of postpartum depression.
  • Provide information to mothers so they can weigh the risks and benefits of various treatment options for depression.
  • Work with mothers to preserve the breastfeeding relationship whenever possible.

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