For breastfeeding moms, much of their time in the first months or even couple years is dedicated to pumping, providing breastmilk, and bonding during feeding sessions with their little ones. But eventually every mom comes to the point where it's time to wean, and it's not always an easy transition. As a result, many moms experience something referred to as the "booby blues," which often encompasses post-weaning depression, anxiety, or both. Fortunately, for moms who are worried about it or experiencing it currently, there are some things you can do to help with the booby blues.
Because breastfeeding moms are so attached to and on-call for their babies, it's not uncommon that breastfeeding becomes a major part of their lives. Because of this, some nursing moms experience depression or anxiety while they're weaning or after. Unlike postpartum depression, booby blues is not as widely known or talked about, but it is just as real. Booby blues, however, is more common in mothers who must unexpectedly cease breastfeeding. In an interview with SheKnows, board-certified lactation consultant Sara Chana said, "when women stop nursing out of a feeling of confidence, and not a feeling of giving up because she is powerless, the chance of sadness and depression is significantly lessened." Luckily, regardless of the cause of booby blues, there are a few things you can do to help.