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10 Ways to Manage Post-Weaning Depression

Whether you’ve nursed your baby three months or three years, weaning can be a complex, emotional process. Some women even experience clinical depression as they wean. And it’s no wonder—breastfeeding stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin, which is commonly referred to as “the love hormone” because of its feel-good qualities. When breastfeeding stops, so does the oxytocin. At the same time, many women feel emotional about everything from “my baby is growing so fast” to “I wasn’t ready to stop breastfeeding.” Jane Roper, the author of the parenting memoir “Double Time,” suffered from post-weaning depression and offers 10 tips for how to navigate your way back to motherly happiness.

Holly Lebowitz Rossi is a writer in Arlington, MA. She is the co-author of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain (Shambhala, 2013).