The psychology of mothers who are breastfeeding is not equally influenced by internal factors or the support from their husbands and families. The ability to adapt to new conditions for new mothers is given priority, especially for those of you who gave birth to their first child. With the process of breastfeeding, there is a form of strong inner connection between mother and child which is often forgotten by mothers for several reasons not to breastfeed. One of the reasons that is often basic is because mothers experience the baby blues or postpartum blues.
When breastfeeding mothers sometimes experience baby blues which are considered normal by some people even though if allowed to continue for months in nursing mothers. Nearly 70% of mothers who gave birth felt sad, irritable, insecure, worried and confused.
If the baby blues is left alone, especially if you experience it for more than 10 days, it can cause major changes in yourself to experience postpartum depression. This concerns the big changes in a woman and the worry that she experiences too much in the mother after childbirth.
Meanwhile, different studies say there is a positive effect when you give breast milk to babies, at least until the first 6 months of birth. Research conducted in Korea found that the brains of breastfeeding mothers showed high sensitivity to infant crying due to motherhood behaviors such as the presence of the striatum and amygdala area or the superior frontal gyrus. It is this area that processes information about the orders that are carried out so that the different outputs occur to the mother who is breastfeeding.
With these changes, changes in brain conditions include:
- Breastfeeding mothers respond more quickly to the baby’s crying
- Mothers who are breastfeeding understand the baby’s feelings better than mothers who are not breastfeeding
- Nursing mothers react more to their baby’s cry.
Other psychologies that can be recognized include that pregnant women are more aggressive and sensitive. Research conducted on three groups of women concluded that mothers who were breastfeeding were more aggressive about acting and had lower blood pressure than the other two groups in the study.
By breastfeeding pregnant women can reduce stress, give extra courage to be able to protect their babies. Mothers who are breastfeeding have a reaction known as maternal defense or lactation aggression, in which the mother who is breastfeeding will feel threatened or develop aggressive behavior.
So that those of you who are breastfeeding you can be exposed to positive hormonal changes and negative hormonal changes, this can be adjusted to how you respond to the changes that occur in yourself and the environment while breastfeeding.
Here are some ways you can deal with the worst changes that occur while breastfeeding:
- You can ask the help of those closest to you to be able to help with your daily needs. You don’t have to be a supermom
- You can rest well
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
- Do fun activities on the sidelines of your routine activities
- If possible, treat yourself to your hobbies within a few hours or you can do a hobby that you can do at home so you can still monitor your child’s development.