Postpartum Depression and Responsibilities of the Family Members
When a mother is struggling with postpartum depression but does not recognize it herself, the partner must step in to care for the baby and the mother or ask for assistance from other family members as needed. The partner can uses indicators from the baby's behaviour to help the mother realize that something is wrong. However, the mother's and baby's safety and the ease of their relationship must be kept a priority at all times. For example, if a mother does not feel comfortable with breastfeeding, for whatever reason, she must not be forced or over-encouraged to do so. Putting pressure on a mother to breastfeed can bring tension to the mother-infant relationship. Key to a baby's development is a loving relationship between parent and baby.