Why Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard & Wife Hayley Aren't Breastfeeding Baby #3
Here's the thing about breastfeeding and postpartum depression: Scientists haven't figured out their relationship with one another yet. Since there are no definitive answers, parents need to trust their instincts as to what is best for them and their babies. Because of this, Hayley Hubbard has decided to skip breastfeeding their third child with Florida Georgia Line singer husband Tyler Hubbard.
"I'm not breastfeeding this time because, in retrospect, breastfeeding really made the symptoms of postpartum depression worse for me," Hubbard told people as she feeds son Atlas, born September 24th. "It was never something that became easy for me or something that I honestly enjoyed, no matter how many specialists we spoke to or how well I produced milk."
Although she only breastfed her daughter Olivia, she had to supplement the formula for son Luca, who is now 13 months old. The memory of that recent experience and the fact that Tyler Hubbard was still recovering from a dirt bike accident in August led her to make this decision for her family.
"Knowing that I was coming home to two busy toddlers who needed my attention and a husband who was injured, nursing and pumping around the clock seemed even more daunting," she told the magazine. “I encourage everyone else who feels this way to do the same and not be ashamed of them. It has made significant changes in my life in the best of ways for my sanity and postpartum. "
If you've been concerned about breastfeeding and postpartum depression, you are not alone. Here's what we know: Many studies have shown that women who don't breastfeed are actually more likely to have postpartum depression. This may be because they miss the mood-boosting oxytocin surge that comes with breastfeeding. However, there is also evidence that women who have difficulty breastfeeding early on are also likely to develop postpartum depression. This is a chicken and egg situation, although feeling depressed if you feel like you are not doing a good job feeding your child is also likely to make you feel depressed.
"No research has given a definitive answer to the question of the link between breastfeeding and postpartum depression," said licensed psychotherapist Dr. Mayra Mendez told SheKnows last year. "Postpartum depression is influenced by several physiological, psychological, sociocultural, familial, and relational factors."
Until researchers find this out, we must repeat Hayley Hubbard's advice: do not be ashamed of doing what you think is best. After all, babies need healthy, happy parents.
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