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The Postpartum Period

Analytic Reflections on the Potential for Agony and Ecstasy
  • Leanne Domash

Abstract

There is frequently a cataclysmic effect on the personality of the mother during the postpartum period as she adjusts to her infant and the now enlarged family unit. The new mother is experiencing significant hormonal shifts and physiological changes, including some subtle rebound effects (that is, certain mechanisms were turned off during pregnancy and afterward get turned on again and overshoot the mark). The mother is in the midst of forming a very close bond with her baby, referred to as “primary maternal preoccupation” (Winnicott, 1956). If she is nursing, another complex set of hormones is being released.

Keywords

Postpartum Period Breast Feeding Postpartum Depression Nursing Experience Heighten Sensitivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leanne Domash
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Beth Israel Medical CenterNew York CityUSA
  2. 2.Mount Sinai School of MedicineUSA

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