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Abstract: This study suggests that the established link between psychological stress and immunity may also extend to the immunity of the newborn by reducing the immunological benefits of breast milk. It also suggests that breastfeeding might be a potential mechanism of the relationship between maternal stress and the health of the offspring. Findings highlight the need for interventions addressing women during the postpartum period, in order to ensure the mother's well‐being and the infant's optimal development.
Summary: Negative early breastfeeding experiences, including feelings about breastfeeding and pain with breastfeeding, are associated with postpartum depression at 2 months.
Summary: Our results underline the importance of providing expert breastfeeding support to women who want to breastfeed; but also, of providing compassionate support for women who had intended to breastfeed, but who find themselves unable to.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Women’s Mental Health
Stop the Bottle Shaming: Why It’s OK to Not Breastfeed (2016) [linked from MGH article titled Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Mood in First-Time Mothers (2016)]
Is Breast Always Best? (1999)
New York Times: The Data All Guilt-Ridden Parents Need (2019)
[There are a couple chapters on breastfeeding that highlight evidence on benefits and why a lot of other claims don’t hold up]
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