"Breastfeeding literally saved my life. When my son was 2 months old I got severely ill with postpartum depression. So...Posted by Breastfeeding Mama Talk on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Breastfeeding has countless benefits, but for one mom who suffered from intense postpartum depression, it served a vitally important role not often listed as a positive side effect.
It, quite literally, saved her life.
"When my son was two months old, I got severely ill with postpartum depression – so bad that I had a suicide plan and for 10 months straight I had to make the choice to live another day," a woman wrote in a revealing Facebook post on the popular Breastfeeding Mama Talk page. "My son is breastfed and no matter how hard I tried he would refuse to drink from a bottle. So each day I had to choose life just so that my son could be fed."
Fast-forward almost a year, and both mom and baby are healthy.
"Now he is 13 months old . . . still breastfeeding," she said. "I am recovered from the postpartum depression and so grateful for my life now. I know that if my son would have taken a bottle, I would be dead now. I truly believe that breastfeeding my son is the reason I am alive today."