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What is the time frame of postpartum? The days & first weeks immediately after birth?  The first 3 months post-birth? 1 year? 2 years? The duration of the breastfeeding relationship?

What many real life mothers share from their experience is that depression, anxiety, or OCD hit hardest after the 3 month mark. Perhaps this is because of combined pressure to be back in the game by then. Work, social, and familial expectations rise above the newborn haze after just a few weeks, and after a few months it can feel like everyone has forgotten us and we’re on our own.  I remember thinking: Everyone else has their shit together? Why don’t I have my shit together?

Personally, I go deep into the swampy well in the first 2 months, and then emerge for a time before the anger hits around 6 months, and then an existential crisis around 12-18 months postpartum. Obviously, I’m glossing...

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