By On May 2nd, 2007

Breastfeeding Plays Important Role in Curbing Depression

The International Breastfeeding Journal has released a study that shows how new mothers can stave off the blues by breastfeeding their babies:

PNI research suggests two goals for the prevention and treatment of postpartum depression: reducing maternal stress and reducing inflammation. Breastfeeding and exercise reduce maternal stress and are protective of maternal mood. In addition, most current treatments for depression are anti-inflammatory. These include long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, cognitive therapy, St. John's wort, and conventional antidepressants.

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