There are quite a few moms 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 moms 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, this 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 Mom, not in Mom’s breast milk.
- Dehydration can cause nausea during breastfeeding. Some moms 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 happen to your body, 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 moms that breastfeed.
- Iron deficiency causes nausea breastfeeding. Moms 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.