Breastfeeding Headache A breastfeeding headache is more common than you would think. There are ways to rectify, prevent and at least make it a bit more bearable.
If you suffer from constant migraine headaches, you should see your
doctor. Let your doc know that you are breastfeeding.
What can Cause a Breastfeeding Headache?
Stress and noise.
Discontinued use of medications.
Weaning too rapidly.
PPD (depression) can cause a nursing headache.
Thyroid problems .
Blood pressure problems.
Hormonal changes (discussed below). When Hormones Cause Breastfeeding Headaches
* and headaches: Estrogen is the hormone that can affect a mother more when: Estrogen
She has her monthly period.
She is taking an oral contraceptive pill.
She has a lower level of estrogen after childbirth.
She is on hormone replacement therapy.
* Oxytocin headache: The release of the hormone Oxytocin, can also trigger a migraine
. This hormone is released during the let down of milk and can also cause nausea during breastfeeding. This type of lactation headache will usually subside after a few minutes of breastfeeding.
* is a hormone that is released during breastfeeding, which narrows the blood vessels, therefore, causing a headache. Plasma vasopressin Treatment for Breastfeeding Headaches
Relaxation: Make sure you are relaxed while breastfeeding .
Hydrate: Drink at least 2L of water daily.
Avoid drinking coffee, as this will dehydrate you.
Eat well: Breastfeeding diet guidelines .
Massage therapy has been proven to help with headaches.
What can I take for a headache while breastfeeding? If the above natural methods don’t work, you can take Paracetamol as a painkiller, which is safe to take, if breastfeeding.
You are doing what is best for
you and Baby, by continuing to breastfeed.
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