There are two different types of depression that new mamas may experience - the baby blues and postpartum depression. The baby blues come and go, and don't last very long. If you are experiencing longer bouts of depression, it could be actual postpartum depression. Signs of postpartum depression (PPD):
- PPD usually starts about 3-4 weeks after you give birth.
- You may feel great sadness or hopelessness.
- You may lose your appetite and experience weight loss.
- You will likely have difficulty sleeping OR only feel like sleeping all the time.
- You might feel detached from your baby or even feel like you want to harm her.
If you're feeling this way you need to call your doctor right away. Research shows that most doctors won't ask how you're feeling, so it's up to you to bring it up. Women who go without treatment may harm themselves or their baby. If you're concerned about breastfeeding, don't worry; there are treatments for postpartum depression that you can use and still breastfeed. Also see: Six ways to prevent the baby blues