When postpartum depression lurks behind breastfeeding difficulties

By Ibone Olza, MD PhD. Psyquiatrist. Associate Professor at Universidad de Alcalá. Director of the European Perinatal Mental Health Institute   Breastfeeding today seems to be more difficult than mothers imagine or expect. In a North American study, of 1500 mothers who expressed their desire to exclusively breastfeed, only 39% were managing to do so at two…

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Anti-stress effects in Breastfeeding Mothers: the soothing effect of oxytocin

By Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg   Not only milk production and milk ejection are driven by the suckling stimulus and subsequent oxytocin release, maternal physiology and behavior/psychology are also subjected to many changes during the lactation period in order to facilitate adaptation to motherhood.  The mother may overreact to some types of physical stress, when perceived…

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UN: Obstetric violence is a human rights violation

  A UN report published in April 2019 warns against “the widespread and systematic phenomenon of violence towards women and girls in reproductive services”, and urges states to “address the structural problems and root causes of violence against women in reproductive health services, with a focus on childbirth and obstetric violence.” We publish below an…

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Emotional puerperium

By Esther Ramírez Matos, perinatal psychologist and systemic therapist   I remember the day when, with my almost one month old baby in the pediatrician waiting room, I thought for the first time about the concept of puerperium, or postpartum. My healthcare provider had previously explained that this next visit would be with the regular…

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