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Is it just me?  does anyone else feel mildly sick when they breastfeed?

;D ;D

seriously though, I'm wondering, because I really do. 

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How odd - so do I! It also makes me need a number two ;D ;D  I can only assume its the contraction of the uterus that affects things.  Most bizarre ;D
 

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Ewwww are our uteruses still contracting?!! :eek:

Sorry that you feel sick too but I'm glad I'm not the only one Clare! I felt it with M but I'm sure it's worse this time.

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In the days when I was expressing I felt very sick...

i thought it was just the pain...  ::)
 

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That's so strange, I always need a number 2 when feeding too?!!!  ;D
 

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Phew!  I was beginning to think I just had a dodgy tum ;D

I've had a bit of a look around the net, and it seems the nausea is associated with the oxytocin that you produce when breast-feeding. 
 

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Oooh well done detective Clare!  ;D  that's very interesting, and makes me feel much less of a freak!!  ;D

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Hi everyone,

Good detective work!  Interesting to see such common experiences..

Just wanted to chime in as have never revealed this before and wondered what it meant.  I never feel sick, but just as the babies latch and for the first minute of bfing, I feel overwhelmingly depressed and sad!!  This goes away very quickly, but I have always had it while breastfeeding and wondered why? 

Anyone else had anything like this?

Best to all,

Daisy
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Thanks detective Clare!  That was really interesting and also reassuring as well.

Best to all,

Daisy
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Oh wow - I hadn't realised it but I feel quite sad too - well just low, and like you daisy it only lasts a minute or so.  how utterly wierd.

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ClareMack said:
It also makes me need a number two ;D ;D
really??? no sh*t?? wow!

sorry, i should be slapped for that.
 

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No this is exactly how I felt! 

I've been BF my son for 19 months  ^scared^ and for the first few months I felt sick and grotty and lightheaded all the time - it was like having morning sickness again.  It started to get better around 6 months when he started eating some solids and was taking less breastmilk.

I think its something to do with the fact that your blood sugar can drop when you BF - because so much of your calories, sugars and nutrients are going into your breastmilk.  I also lost LOADS of weight - seriously I dropped from a pre-pregnancy size 12-14 to a 6-8 (way too much for me, I looked really unwell at that weight) because literally everything I was eating was going into my breastmilk and leaving nothing for me.

The best advice is to eat as well as you can, don't be afraid to snack between meals or eat high-calorie foods, your body needs the extra fuel as it really is feeding two people whilst you are BF!  Its a bit like an extension of pregnancy in this way.

 

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ClareMack said:
Yep, Daisy, that's another known 'side-effect' of breast-feeding! http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mom/nausea-bf.html
Fascinating, isn't it?

xx Clare

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This article says that nausea associated with let-down should go after 6-8 weeks - I still get it at 14!!
I really don't like it, every time I sit down to BF I know I'm going to feel a bit sick :(

Claire x
 

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Yep, I'm still getting it too :(  In fact I was wondering today if I was imagining it, and it had just become a bit of a habit ;D
 

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Quite real here  :p

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