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  1. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Erica – GREAT point!! Yes, I think this is very true; I think some moms manage to run on pure adrenaline for a pretty long time, and it’s not until baby is a few months old that the adrenaline wears off, exhaustion kicks in, and depression rears its head. Thanks for pointing this out, and for sharing a bit about your experience! 🙂

  2. Erica says:

    I think it’s important for women to know that PPD can surface anywhere within baby’s first year, not just within the first 4-6 weeks after delivery. After my daughter was born, I suffered from what I thought was simply a long (3 week) bout of the ‘baby blues’. When the fog began to slowly clear after this period I was relieved. I thought, “phew, I’ve escaped PPD”. However, as my presence on this site implies, I struggled for the first 4.5 months with my daughter’s sleep. Due (in large part, I think) to exhaustion, my feelings of anxiety and sadness resurfaced around the 4th month. I was at wits-end with regards to my daughter’s sleep and decided to begin sleep training. Well, sleep training was the hardest thing (including caring for a newborn) that I’ve ever done, and those weeks were the most emotionally draining of my life. Luckily, I had success with my sleep training and eventually started getting more sleep. This helped clear the fog of depression that I had been sinking into.
    Thank you for broaching this topic on the baby sleep site as the two issues, sleeplessness and depression, certainly go hand-in-hand.

  3. Emily DeJeu says:

    @ Lil — oh, Lil, I’m so sorry to hear how much you’ve struggled – and are still struggling! I’m going to email you in a minute with some info that I think may help. But I did want to say thanks, for being brave enough to share your story. I do think that hearing stories like yours is so comforting for and encouraging to other moms who struggle with PPD.

  4. Lil says:

    Yes, I had PPD, and I am still struggling with it three years later. My daughter had colic and never slept unless she was nursing, and the only time she didn’t cry was when she was nursing, so I was nursing her up to 22 hours per day for many months. I can’t sleep when I am nursing, so I was getting maybe 1-2 hours of sleep per day for a long time. I very nearly went over the edge. My sleep deprivation and having to deal with such a sensitive, negative baby has taken a lot out of me. I am still not the same person I was before I had her. My DD has always had sleep issues, and even now when she’s three she STILL has sleep issues. She just can’t get to sleep before 3-4 a.m. Over time her schedule gets later and later and later, it’s a gradual, steady creep and I’ve tried so many things to stop it but it always just keeps on creeping later and later. The sleep issues and depression definitely go hand in hand. It’s very difficult to be positive and have a positive outlook when you feel you have absolutely no control over your child’s sleep, and you aren’t getting enough for yourself for years on end. That is my ongoing battle with PPD and my daughter’s sleep issues.

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