Approximately 15 to 25 percent of mothers worldwide become depressed in the year after birth. Depression is something that has serious consequences for both you and your baby. Depression can also increase your risk of stopping breastfeeding altogether. But continuing to breastfeed is both good for both you and it protects your baby. So we would encourage you to continue to breastfeed if at all possible.
The good news is that most treatments for depression are safe for breastfeeding mothers. Below are some resources to help you cope with depression.