Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties

From API’s Publications Team

depressionAccording to an article on Guadian.co.uk, “Postnatal Depression and Your Baby,” the length of a new mother’s postpartum depression has a strong tie with the difficulties she’ll experience in establishing a close attachment with her baby.

Women who recover from their depression by the time their baby is six months old relate better to the baby than women whose depression lasts longer, according to a study published in a 1995 issue of Developmental Psychology, “Depression in First-Time Mothers: Mother-Infant Interaction and Depression Chronicity.” Treatment of postpartum depression is essential for the mother-infant relationship, as well as the infant’s development.

According to “Postpartum Depression Beyond the Early Postpartum Period,” a study published in a 2004 issue of Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, children of mothers with long-time or recurrent depression tend to have behavioral problems, such as crying a lot and being excessively demanding or withdrawn.

Mothers with postpartum depression encourage these infant behaviors through certain behaviors, including:

  • Stopping breastfeeding before the baby is ready;
  • Not interacting socially with the baby, such as playing and showing books or toys;
  • Not following care routines.

4 thoughts on “Length of Postpartum Depression Determines Mother-Baby Attachment Difficulties”

  1. Well don’t I feel like a terrible mother now for having PPD.

    You may want to include methods of seeking help for PPD instead of making us seem like helpless cases where the bond between mother and child is lost if after 6 months the mother isn’t “cured.” Way to go, API.

  2. May I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who actually knows what they’re talking about on the internet. You certainly understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people must read this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you are not more popular given that you definitely possess the gift.

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