Nausea Breastfeeding Advice

Nausea Breastfeeding 

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 sickness.

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 needs an extra 250 calories daily 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.
  • 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 normal.
  • 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.
  • Antidepressants taken during breastfeeding, can also cause nausea breastfeeding.
  • 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.

Other Symptoms 

  • Feeling emotional during breastfeeding.
  • Headaches, also called "lactation headaches"
  • Itchiness.
  • Heartburn.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Thirst.
  • Sweating.

How to Stop the Nausea during Breastfeeding

  • The bouts of nausea should not continue for longer than eight weeks, so just wait it out.
  • Try eating/drinking products with ginger in it.
  • Eat a combination of protein and carbs before breastfeeding, and make sure you snack in-between meals. 6 small meals during the day will keep your blood sugar levels constant. 
  • Increase the amount of liquid (especially water) intake that you consume daily.
  • Drink a glass of milk while you are breastfeeding.
  • Keep something like a dry cracker near while breastfeeding, just to keep the nausea at bay.
  • Make sure you are getting in enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can also cause nausea while nursing.
  • Sea bands used for motion sickness has also been found to help.
  • Some mothers say they feel less nauseous, if they breastfeed while lying down.

Headaches during Breastfeeding

Interesting fact

~ Nausea Breastfeeding ~

Mothers should ensure that their diets are not the cause of the dizziness during breastfeeding. Make sure your calorie intake is at least 2500 daily

  • Some mothers experience the headache when they start a breastfeeding session, and this is also caused by the release of Oxytocin, during a milk let down.
  • Other mothers find that engorgement causes their headaches and that as soon as they start a breastfeeding session, the headache starts to subside. 

Stopping headaches during breastfeeding

  • Relax while breastfeeding (your headache could be stress related)
  • Breast massage can help drain full breasts that cause breastfeeding headaches.
  • Getting enough rest will help prevent a headache.
  • Drink plenty water: Your body may warn you, in the form of a headache that you are dehydrated.
  • A breastfeeding mother can take ibuprofen, paracetamol and panadeine. Do not use aspirin if breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Dizziness

During pregnancy, Relaxin hormones are released to cause your pelvis to expand and veins to relax. These levels of Relaxin are higher than normal for the first few months after delivery.

In some mothers, these Relaxin hormones can cause low blood pressure, which in turn cause dizziness. If the dizziness is really bad, you might want to talk to your doctor about it.

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very helpful! Good to know its all sounding normal. Will keep up the water intake;-)

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