Dije Ousmana, 45 years old, breastfeeding her two-month-old baby Abdulahadi. Yan Sara village, Dakoro, Niger.
In her arms, baby Abdulahadi stirs, opens his eyes, and begins to cry.
Dije quietly puts him to her breast, but it isn't long before the cry turns into a wail.
Outside, her daughter continues to pound millet for the family's only meal of the day. Dije's six-year-old son runs in and asks when the food will be ready.
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: In-fertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).
She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.
A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, "There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance."
All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.
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