Why Aren’t We Talking About Post-Weaning Depression More?


If you’ve recently weaned your baby and are struggling with intense emotions, it’s crucial to understand the ins and outs of post-weaning depression.

Can Weaning Cause Anxiety and Depression?

The short answer to  “Can weaning cause anxiety and depression?” is “yes.” While it’s not as prevalent as postpartum depression, post-weaning depression and anxiety are very much real things.

Sadness About Your Baby Growing Up

Coming to terms with your kids growing up isn’t always easy – especially if it’s your last child. There’s a good chance this could contribute to weaning depression. 

Hormonal Changes

As if hormones haven’t already thrown your mental health for a loop during your postpartum recovery, you might be disappointed to learn they’ll come back into play after you wean your child.

What Are the Most Common Signs of Post-Weaning Depression?

As someone who’s dealt with periodic bouts of anxiety throughout my life, I tried to chalk my feelings up to the status quo. What began as slight feelings of discomfort and stress, however, quickly developed into something more serious.

When Should You Talk to Your Doctor About  Post-Weaning Anxiety & Depression?

If these negative emotions and side effects last for more than a few weeks, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. They can help you formulate a treatment plan to get your mental health back on track.

Finding the Right  Post-Weaning Depression Treatment Options

When it comes to solving issues concerning mental health and breastfeeding, you might think there aren’t many treatment options available.

Some of the most common post-weaning depression treatment options include: Anti-Depressant Medications Support Groups Counseling Acupuncture

Will You Struggle with Post-Weaning Anxiety and Depression Every Pregnancy?

There’s no guarantee you’ll struggle with weaning depression after every child. The most important thing to remember if you get pregnant after a battle with post-weaning anxiety or depression is to pay attention to your body.

Creating a Balance Between Mental Health and Breastfeeding

If you’re thinking about ending your nursing or exclusively pumping journey, please be aware of this negative side effect of breastfeeding on mom. Yes, weaning can cause anxiety, depression, and more. Thankfully, though, solutions exist when you know you need to look for them!

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