Recently, I was asked to share an article with Dr. Sara Gottfried’s community.
When I think of hormones, I think about the hormonal jungle I had to navigate as I made my way through pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding and weaning.
Looking back, what made these experiences all the more challenging was that they didn’t “look or feel” like anything I was told they would by the mainstream medical world.
Writing this now, as a mother of three, I can reflect on how my emotional and mental experiences played out very differently after each of my three births. Not one of them followed the “typical description” you find in the little pamphlets sent home with you from the hospital.
The truth is that sometimes very healthy, right-functioning breastfeeding experiences do not generate positive emotional states.
And sometimes, hormone-induced depression surfaces as a direct result of weaning from breastfeeding.
But these experiences related to breastfeeding and weaning are rarely highlighted or exposed in messages around women’s health.
I share more about why it’s so crucial to understand what’s happening hormonally during these times in order to release so much of the guilt and confusion when our bodies don’t “respond” the way they are supposed to over on Dr. Sara’s blog.
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