Sleep Deprivation Helps With Post Partum Depression

That mother nature I tell you…she is one smart cookie. No one thinks there is anything good about insomnia, but alas, there is. Over the last 40 years, there has been continuous documentation that if a woman stays up at night, or the second 1/2 of the night, depression will lift by the morning. “Sleep deprivation can elevate your mood even if you are not depressed, and can induce euphoria.” As the article states, this is not a magic button because of the mere fact that chronic sleep deprivation is not a desirable long term solution for anything due to the cognitive delays that start appearing after a short period of time. Yet, this finding shows us that depression can be immediately reversed, and there’s something about the sleeping brain that brings on depression. It is believed that sleep deprivation interferes with REM sleep, thereby warding off depression.

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Breast Milk Without Breastfeeding

This week, Time Magazine published an article talking about a growing trend of women who choose breast milk for their infants, but choose not to breastfeed. Several reasons were cited in the article. Some women simply don’t like the feeling of breastfeeding, which from experience is indeed a unique sensation. Other women thought they could be more efficient if using a pump to expel breast milk as they could pump both breasts simultaneously whereas breast feeding takes twice as much time. The third reason cited was that some mom’s “are a bit neurotic” and felt better knowing exactly how much milk their babies were getting-an impossibility with traditional breast feeding. The fourth, and final reason had to do with difficulties breast feeding due to poor latching by infants, inverted nipples or other such anatomical problems.

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Breastfeeding Under Fire? Still?

Come on already.

A European “pregnancy expert” has come out today saying that breast milk is no better than formula. I thought this debate died in 1974 or so. Apparently not.

His argument is that although breast-fed babies are slightly heavier than formula fed babies, it wasn’t the milk that made the difference. He says it’s the pregnancy. He says that a healthy placenta lowers the level of testosterone in the womb, and testosterone is linked to a women’s ability to produce milk and to breastfeed. So if a woman has a less than perfect placenta, she will produce more testosterone which will in turn lower her milk production. It has something to do with the milk gland production.

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