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Feeling low after stopping breastfeeding

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looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 13:29:58

I think this is quite normal after a long time breastfeeding with hormones going a bit all over the place but is there anything I can do to help?

I'm thrilled have managed to stop as the time feels right (DS is 2.3 and has adjusted without any problem) so it's not that, I just feel so low and trying so hard not to!

I've tried exercise and seeing friends etc but just want to feel my cheerful normal self and it's so unlike me to feel down like this. I stopped breastfeeding 6 days ago and breasts are still quite tender but going down in size- thank goodness grin

gretagrape Thu 10-Oct-13 14:34:06

I only bf for 4 months but when I stopped I felt like I had the worst PMS ever - being really really healthy helped a little, so the blood sugar level was kept stable.

When I got my first period a month later though, I INSTANTLY felt better, like one minute I felt horrendous, the next I felt totally back to my old self!

tiktok Thu 10-Oct-13 14:42:35

Oh my - this is the third post like this in a week.

PM me for some references which shows how well-known this phenomenon is.

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 14:43:02

Thanks, so glad for a reply as really feel miserable. I tried a big pasta and salmon lunch with cauliflower! I know it'll pass but I just feel like curling up into bed and crying but instead am smiling and trying to chat to lovely DS on his mini trampoline!

gamerchick Thu 10-Oct-13 14:44:38

How long has it been? Your brain produces oxytocin when you nurse.. when you stop nursing your brain misses that hormone and you feel low.

It does pass though.

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 14:45:24

Thanks Tiktok, you are most kind. I normally do search older threads but today no will or time for the effort!! I shall have a look on the other threads too

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 14:46:11

It's been since last Friday but it's yesterday and today I just don't feel remotely myself

gamerchick Thu 10-Oct-13 14:48:43

It hasn't been long. It should pass pretty quick.

BaldricksTurnip Thu 10-Oct-13 14:57:52

I had this with all three of mine when I stopped feeding them at roughly a year- 18 months. It probably lasted a month or so then tailed off when my normal cycles came back and settled down. Thought I was losing the plot! It's just your hormones though so try not to worry too much it will soon get better.

tiktok Thu 10-Oct-13 15:16:43


There are others but don't have time to hunt 'em out at present, sorry!

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 16:23:13

Baldricks I will be glad if it's shorter than a month as really utterly miserable! But I shall steel myself for that and at least know why.
tiktok I much appreciate the links and you taking the time - it sounds like oxytocin is key so I may need to trigger some to help what feels like sudden and heavy depression

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 16:24:12

Apparently buying a cat oxytocin would help but I don't think DH would be pleased grin

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 16:24:35

would help oxytocin I mean

gamerchick Thu 10-Oct-13 16:27:58

Weeel at the risk of sounding crass.. you release the same thing during orgasm. Sorry I couldn't think of a round the houses way of saying that.

looseleaf Thu 10-Oct-13 16:44:06

At least that's easier and less maintenance than getting a cat grin

gamerchick Thu 10-Oct-13 16:46:37

Well there's that grin

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