This is the face of someone who struggled with PPD. Just like this picture, I looked put together, but on the inside I was dying. I struggled hard. Except for my husband, no one else knew how hard it was for me. ⠀
I would sit in the bathroom and just sob (more like a howl) and feel like a complete and utter failure. I didn't have any Mama friends and didn't have family close by. I read so many books and felt like I was a complete failure, because I struggled big time with breastfeeding and teaching my son to sleep. I really felt like there was something wrong with me. I was doing everything the books told me to do, but he still wasn't sleeping and breastfeeding properly. Somedays I felt like my son would be better off with a different Mama, someone who could breastfeed and who could get their son to sleep.⠀
I even spoke to my doctor, but she dismissed me. It was a very dark time for me. It took me years to come out of it. I finally sought help and it was the best thing I ever did 💙⠀
I'm sharing my story because, Mamas, you are not alone ❤️ Postpartum Depression affects 25% of all Mamas. Honestly that number is much higher, because many Mamas don't report it and struggle in silence.
Mamas, I'm here to say that you don't have to struggle alone!
There is help out there. You are not a bad Mama because your baby isn't latching well, or you're not making enough breastmilk, or your baby isn't sleeping well. It's a process. A fricken hard one with a very steep learning curve. You don't have to do it alone. ⠀
This is why I started MamaBear Holistic Care. I wanted to support Mamas, so that no other Mama ever felt as lonely and overwhelmed as I did ❤️⠀
If you need support, I've got great resources located in my Resource section of my website. If you would prefer to reach out via email firstname.lastname@example.org that's more than ok. I know many amazing resources that can help you from my services to other services like counsellors/therapists.⠀