Nausea Breastfeeding Advice
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.
- 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 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.
- Feeling emotional during breastfeeding.
- Headaches, also called "lactation headaches"
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 moms say they feel less nauseous breastfeeding when lying down.
~ Nausea breastfeeding ~
Moms should make sure their diets are not the cause of the dizziness during breastfeeding. Make sure your calorie intake is at least 2500 daily
Headaches during Breastfeeding
- Some moms
experience the headache when they start a breastfeeding session, and
this is also caused by the release of Oxytocin, with milk let down.
- Other mothers find that
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 mom can take ibuprofen, paracetamol and panadeine. Do not use aspirin if breastfeeding.
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 moms, these Relaxin hormones can cause low blood pressure, which in turn causes the dizziness. If the dizziness is really bad, you might want to talk to your doctor about it.
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