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My sister just had her first baby yesterday! I'm so happy for her. I spoke to her today, and she said she'd been really emotional. I know this can be normal (I experienced it with my first), but I hate to see her so sad. Does anyone know of any natural mood boosters that are safe for a nursing mother?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I'm not sure how well, these products work. I want to try the new mama bottoms stuff for after baby comes. I heard it was awesome on, I think, the July board once. The happy Mom Spray looks cool to try.<br><a href="http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/happy_mama_spray.html" target="_blank">http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/happy_mama_spray.html</a>
 

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The first weeks are hard after baby is born. I felt the same way, however I found that omega 3s were essential. Diet is also important. Tell her to stay away from sugar, but Nordic Naturals makes a great product called EPA, it has the right ratio of EPA to DHA for helping with post partum depression. I found it very helpful. It says on the bottle to consult a physician if you are pregnant or nursing but I asked my naturopath and he said it is entirely safe.<br><br><a href="https://www.nordicnaturals.com/direct/prodsummary.asp?ID=14" target="_blank">https://www.nordicnaturals.com/direc...mary.asp?ID=14</a>
 

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I think a lot of women go through this in the very beginning. IMO anything you can do to support her with nursing and taking care of herself would be great.<br><br>
My DP was awesome and as much as he was able made it so all I had to do was bf and sleep and eat. He burped the baby, swaddled the baby, took care of the diapers, etc.<br><br>
Also, I really liked visitors/helpers who would do tasks like clean the bathroom and do the laundry instead of just wanting to come over and hog the baby while I did those things.<br><br>
If you don't live close by, what about getting her a postpartum massage? The woman I'm seeing goes to people's homes to give massages during the pp period.
 

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I've heard that eating the placenta is very effective at combating post partum depression.<br><br>
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I'm not personally into eating my own organs, but many woman on this site have done it and recommend it.
 

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I think skin to skin time with baby is supposed to really help too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And nursing....all the chemicals your body releases while nursing make you feel content and relaxed....<br><br>
And maybe beer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> (just kidding)
 

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How about playing Nap Nanny so she can get at least one stretch of sleep a day! My mood was really low until I got some sleep last time.
 
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