Study: Depressed Mothers Could Mean Shorter Kids
A new study finds just how important a mother is in the growth of her kids.
Johns Hopkins researchers found a link between moms with depression and how tall their kids grow. Children of depressed moms were almost half as likely to be in the shortest 10 percent of kids at age four and five.
"Mothers with post-partum depression struggle with best feeding practices, so they don't do the recommended breastfeeding,” says Amy Sullivan of Cleveland Clinic. “They seem to cut off their breast feeding at shorter times and duration than mothers without post-partum depression.”
Researchers say maternal depression is also linked to increased stress in children, which may affect growth hormones.