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Or does cutting down on breastfeeding make you feel low?

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chumbler Wed 16-Dec-15 09:31:28

For about a month now I've been quite down. I still enjoy things but im finding I get very emotional and feel down, probably disproportionately so. Eg. Dh and I had an argument on Saturday, made up a couple hours later but I completely broke down and didn't feel anywhere near better until Monday. I felt drained, on edge, like I could burst into tears and found it hard to sleep (very unusual for me). I have very little interest in sex (but did have a v traumatic birth) I have an almost 9mo who I ebf until 6mo when we introduced solids using baby led weaning. Because we do blw she doesn't eat all that much and so only seems to be feeding just a tiny bit less. She does feed much less often though - from constantly to just 5 times a day ish (I feed on demand)

could less breastfeeding be making me low? Sorry for the ramble, just wonder if anyone else has been through this sad

SunsetDream Wed 16-Dec-15 09:36:28

Yes, sometimes very much so.

Your body is used to the 'hit' of oxytocin which it gets when breastfeeding. Stopping feeding reduces the amount produced.

gamerchick Wed 16-Dec-15 09:38:30

Well it can do when you stop but I can't remember the blues when feeds were cut down. It's been a while since I was nursing though.

Have you had a chat with your HV or go to explore the possibility of PND? You do sound quite low flowers

chumbler Wed 16-Dec-15 09:39:35

A relief to know it's normal. I never knew it would hit me like this. Is there anything I can do? Of is it just a case of my hormones settling down? Has been a month already so hoping it won't keep carrying on!!

VeryPunny Wed 16-Dec-15 09:40:51

Are your periods back yet? That combined with stopping BFing sent me haywire.

chumbler Wed 16-Dec-15 09:41:27

Oh my last post was @sunset

@gamer that's my worry sad im thinking that I'll go to hv in jan if I still feel like this. I wasn't sure if it could be pnd if my feeling for baby haven't changed at all? I just feel so down sad

chumbler Wed 16-Dec-15 09:42:51

@very no periods yet, but have had a sore tummy at night, feeling off food for about 2 months so think they're on the way. Could well be playing a part

chumbler Sat 19-Dec-15 07:32:59

Sorry to revive this thread but has anyone else felt like this? I'm so down sad

Roonerspism Sat 19-Dec-15 07:52:11

I haven't specifically found that but as with everything breastfeeding it could well be that.

Or could you have a touch of PND? I would keep an eye on it.

I also find breastfeeding leaves me feeling incredibly drained physically which takes its toll emotionally. May be worth getting your iron levels checked? I'm currently taking an iron supplement, vit D and calcium/magnesium just to manage

Silvercatowner Sat 19-Dec-15 07:54:41

I had a bout of depression around the time I stopped breastfeeding. My son was a year old. I haven't had depression since (it was a long time ago). PND was mentioned even though it was a year after the birth. I'd run this past your doctor.

ThisisMrsNicolaHicklin Sat 19-Dec-15 07:59:17

I've just had such a light bulb moment! I didn't know that this could
happen. I stopped feeding last week. I've had a bit of a difficult month but it felt like my response was quite
Bloody hormones!

PrinceHansOfTheTescoAisles Sat 19-Dec-15 08:48:59

YANBU....It could def be a hormone dip. Plus a general feeling of melancholy cause your baby doesn't "need" you as much?

Pidapie Sat 19-Dec-15 08:54:27

I have heard many times of people feeling down when stopping breastfeeding, or cutting down. But it will pass smile

chumbler Sat 19-Dec-15 09:22:41

Thanks all, will see if Christmas distracts santa

nannyplumislostinspace Sat 19-Dec-15 09:39:39

Yes. I've felt terrible since I stopped breastfeeding (in Aprilfblush)

chumbler Sat 19-Dec-15 09:42:21

That's a long time to feel terrible for sad are you getting any help?

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