A link with post­par­tum de­pres­sion and oxy­tocin, some­times called the "love hor­mone"?

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Three re­searchers at the Univer­sity of North Carolina School of Medicine are start­ing a 5-year study, funded by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health (NIH), that's aimed at un­der­stand­ing the role of oxy­tocin in post­par­tum de­pres­sion and bond­ing be­tween moth­ers and ba­bies. "The con­ven­tional wis­dom is that breast­feed­ing re­duces post­par­tum de­pres­sion — yet we see tremen­dous over­lap be­tween moms who strug­gle with breast­feed­ing and moms who have post­par­tum de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety symp­toms," said Ali­son Stuebe, MD, first au­thor of the pi­lot study and as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in UNC's Depart­ment of Ob­stet­rics and Gyne­col­ogy. She is also as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Ma­ter­nal and Child Health in the UNC Gillings School of Global Pub­lic Health. "In this study, we mea­sured lev­els of oxy­tocin, the 'love hor­mone', in moth­ers with mild anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion and in nor­mal con­trols. The moth­ers who were more anx­ious had lower oxy­tocin

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