Letting go of guilt and frustration about breastfeeding

Katherine Stone, Parenting Columnist & Advocate, shares advice for women who are struggling with breastfeeding on how to best overcome the guilt and frustration that women can face
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Letting go of guilt and frustration about breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding. Big one. This is a big topic, obviously, whether you have postpartum depression or not. But, it's especially big for women who go through PPD, anxiety related illnesses. Some people are fine. They can motor on, keep breastfeeding. They actually find that breastfeeding makes them feel better. It's the one thing that allows them to feel connected to their baby. So, that's a good thing and they need to keep going 'cause it's helping them. But, for other moms, and I was one of these, breastfeeding can actually cause more anxiety, perhaps in its worse. And, I know that it's hard for some people to hear because people feel very strongly about it. But, I believe that having a mom who's healthy and available for her child is the most important thing. So, you know, if you are in a situation where you're considering quitting because of the fact that it's causing you a lot of stress and anxiety and you're trying to get better from postpartum depression, do it. You have to do what the right thing is for you. And, I know it's hard and I know there are people that will judge. But, the thing to do is remind yourself over and over again that your baby needs you. More than anything, your baby needs you to be healthy, to be alive, to be stable, to be able to experience the joy of motherhood. Those things are crucial and I think that tramps driving yourself crazy with breastfeeding. So, don't be guilty. Do what you've got to do and keep on going.

Katherine Stone, Parenting Columnist & Advocate, shares advice for women who are struggling with breastfeeding on how to best overcome the guilt and frustration that women can face

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Katherine Stone

Parenting Columnist & Advocate

Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression, and a columnist for Disney’s Babble.com. She’s also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with PPD. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post, among others.

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