D-MER - Depression while Breastfeeding
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Did you feel anxiety, irritation, sadness, or depression when you pumped/breastfed? Is this maybe even the reason you stopped? If so, you might have had D-MER – something I have firsthand experience with. Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) is a condition affecting lactating women that is characterized by an abrupt dysphoria, or negative emotions, that occur just before milk release.

In this episode I talk to Alia who is the lactation consultant that first identified D-MER in 2007. She, herself, was a sufferer of D-MER while breastfeeding her third child and first described it as “a post-partum depression that comes and goes”. When she could not find anything on the topic, she started her own research and is now an international speaker and published writer on the topic.

I am willing to bet that most of you have not heard about D-MER, yet I am sure quite a few of us suffer from it. That is why it was very important to me to make an episode and I am very thankful to Alia for agreeing to talk to me. It was the first time I EVER talked to anyone about this and after we recorded the episode I was able to cope much better with my own D-MER symptoms.  

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