There are quite a few mothers that say they experience nausea while
breastfeeding. They say they feel the same type of nausea experienced when hungry and have described it as coming in waves, like normal morning
Some mothers experience some itching with the nausea, usually under their arms and breasts.
What Causes the Nausea when Breastfeeding?
The release of the hormone Oxytocin during milk let-down, is
what causes the nausea. It is the same hormone that is associated with
digestion and other gut hormones. Most times, the nausea caused by the release of Oxytocin disappears after about eight weeks from birth.
If a mother is feeling nauseous after this eight week period, she should
consider doing a pregnancy test.
Your body may need extra calories to keep its functions at optimal levels while breastfeeding. Remember your body’s
first responsibility will be to produce excellent (calorie loaded) milk
for your baby, whether you are eating more or not; this means that any
deficiency in the diet will be apparent in the mother, not in the mother’s breast milk. To work out how many extra calories you need, use our breastfeeding calorie calculator.
Dehydration can cause nausea during breastfeeding. Some mothers find that
drinking about three glasses of water just before breastfeeding helps to decrease the nausea.
Your body is still recovering from being pregnant. During pregnancy there are many changes that take place, especially hormone
related changes. After birth, all these things need to go back to
Nausea can also occur when your baby goes through a
growth spurt, during these times a baby will usually drink more, which will cause hormone levels to spike, resulting in nausea.
Low blood pressure in a breastfeeding mother may cause nausea.
Urinary tract infection can also cause nausea in mothers that breastfeed.
Iron deficiency causes nausea while breastfeeding. Mothers that have lost a lot
of blood during delivery may struggle with an iron deficiency. Take your vitamins, get to the doc if you think you might have
an iron deficiency.