Postpartum Depression and Responsibilities of the Family Members


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An Infant and its Mother Need to be Kept Safe

When a mother is struggling with postpartum depression but does not recognize it herself, others, such as the partner or family members, must step in to care for the baby and the mother. Indicators from the baby’s behavior, such as feeding issues or lack of sleep, can be used to help the mother realize that something is wrong. The mother’s and baby’s safety and the ease of their relationship must be kept a priority at all times.

There is a Need to be Sensitive to the Mother’s Needs as Well as the Infant’s

The key to a baby’s development is a loving relationship between parent and baby. It is not weakness of character that causes mental illness or parenting difficulties. 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 or guilt on a mother can bring tension to the mother-infant relationship.


Dr. Carolyn Steinberg