Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Social Media 'Making New Mums Anxious'

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Social Media 'Making New Mums Anxious'

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THE transition to motherhood is meant to be one of the most natural things, but modern-day mums are typically finding the first few weeks with a newborn to be anxiety-riddled, particularly with pressures to breastfeed.

Midwives Australia spokeswoman Liz Wilkes said she had seen a marked increase over the past five years in the number of first-time mums with abnormally high anxiety levels, brought on by the unrealistic portrayal of motherhood on social media.

Ms Wilkes said the most anxiety-inducing aspects of early motherhood during the first six weeks were establishing breastfeeding and settling a crying baby.

"I have been a midwife for 22 years and over the past five years we've seen women growing in their anxiety in mothering and it's getting much, much worse," she said.

"Women are under a lot more pressure to do things in a particular way rather than in just their own way."

Ms Wilkes said new-mum anxiety seemed to peak around the two to four-week

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