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Old 10-18-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Unhappy weaning and depression

So my 14 m.o. went on a nursing strike this week and i've not been successful at getting him back on the breast. Every time I try he is fighting me and crying so I've decided to just let him wean. I don't think it's right for me to try and force it, even though my goal was 18 months...he's not wanting it anymore. Anyhow, i feel like i'm going crazy. I had a major breakdown today and am crying at the drop of a hat, just like after giving birth...like "baby blues." Is this common or totally unrelated??

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Old 10-19-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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Re: weaning and depression

common as far as i know! I have never actually totoally weaned.. but ths happened to me every-single-time we dropped a feeding... weather it was gradual or not .. my body just didn't take kindly to changing hormone levels..
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My twins weaned at 15mo old, the same time I got AF back, and I ended up being diagnosed with post-partum depression soon after (my midwife said ppd can happen anytime in the first 2 years). Could it be that you feel rejected and are really sad about weaning? Or does it feel like something more?
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:17 AM   #4
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Sounds like sadness due to weaning before you wanted to.. I am sorry mama.
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Ugh.. going on 3 days since weaning my guy and I am TOTALLY depressed. I think if both are ready for weaning, you wouldn't have depression, but if either one of you are not ready you will likely feel depressed. I initiated the weaning (ds is 31 months).. but I feel very guilty and depressed.
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OMG it is hormonal completely. My 1 yo (just turned) weaned one feeding while I'm at work (okay really, I just stopped pumping since I get nothing else done on my planning (i'm a teacher) but she nurses all the time when I'm home) and I was totally depressed. She doesn't want to wean at all. If I'm home and there is a bottle of milk or a sippy cup, she choses me and refuses the other options. I know that I would completely flip if she wanted to wean already.
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I bet it is a hormonal thing ((())) Just like after having a baby or getting PG, hormones are everywhere.
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I didn't have postpartium depression until I DS weaned at 10 months. I was sad, emotional, and upset for days.
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Re: weaning and depression

When I first saw the lactation consultant, she told me that *most* women have a touch of PPD-related symptoms when they wean. Your body goes through another huge change hormonally, and it's totally normal to feel blue. Not to mention how you feel about weaning and stuff... it's pretty normal to feel off for a bit.

If you're not feeling better in a couple of weeks, though, I'd see a professional about it.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:32 PM   #10
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huh. I had no idea that ppd would set in during weaning. That would explain my anxiety and spazzy ness. Huh. Good thread, mama's.
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