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1. Babysit so I can have a day or night off.
2. Help me with the baby. Feed/play/sing/read to the baby.
3. Go to the store with me, or for me.
4. Don't criticize me; compliment me (on things like: being a good mother, looking good).
5. Take the initiative without me having to ask for help - prepare dinner, help with the other children, do laundry, etc.
6. Keep others away while I rest or help me at night.
7. Take my wants and needs seriously.
8. Don't be jealous of the baby.
9. Help me find things my baby likes.
10. Give me hugs and affection.
11. Help me take care of myself - not just the baby. Help me eat healthy foods and work out with me.
12. Be kind and supportive of me when I breastfeed.
13. Don't ask me about my weight.
14. Be emotionally supportive - understand that I may be depressed sometimes.
15. Help me reduce my stress by allowing me some time to do things I enjoy (movies, dinner, nap, etc.)
When a new mom has postpartum depression (PPD), it can be a hard time for the entire family. Older children suffer when they lose the attention and support of their mother. Other family members may be called upon to fill the gap. Because PPD affects the entire family, it is important that family members know the signs and help their loved one seek help.
As a friend or family member:
The more you know about PPD, the better you will be able to care for yourself and the ones you love.
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