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Breast feeding amd waking every morning feeling hungover

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fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 18:15:44

I've been B/F my 6 month old and for the last two months felt awful every morning, no matter how much water/little tea or coffee I drink. Feels like I've had a big night out on the tiles, even though I haven't drunk anything. has anyone else experienced this?

luckylady74 Wed 15-Jul-09 18:16:54

Have you tried eating in the night - banan or biscuits

TrinityRhinoHasASillyStepson Wed 15-Jul-09 18:17:29

I feel like that too

dd3 is 2.3 now

it sucks

I just reckon its dehydration

I can never drink enough to not feel thirsty it feels like

fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 18:22:23

lucky, no I haven't, its interesting as I do start feeling better in the morning after breakfast. Funny that it should feel like dehydration when its blood sugar though!?

Trinity.. um.. thanks. you give me hope wink. Its true, I drink pints and pints of water and still feel rubbish.

Jennylee Wed 15-Jul-09 18:24:20

Does anyone else get boiling hot in the night all of a sudden, I always think it making milk makes my body go boiling hot, also does anyone else feel totally weak sometimes when the baby feeds a lot (especially at nearly a year old and won't eat)

luckylady74 Wed 15-Jul-09 18:24:48

When I was feeding twins I had carrot cake next to the bed -needed something to get me through the night!

fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 18:28:21

love the idea of carrot cake. I'm actually still the same weight I was a week after the birth so am trying to stop eating cake. yes jenny, I get that too. gosh its all marvellous.

Chulita Wed 15-Jul-09 18:37:33

I wake up absolutely starving, thirsty and actually hung-over is a very good way to describe it. I'm sure bfing takes more energy than we realise!

onehitwonder Wed 15-Jul-09 18:44:44

I got hot flushes in the night when I was breastfeeding. The HV said it was hormonal. It did stop once dd was 6 months and I wasn't feeding so often. I am now feeding ds and feel very ropey - shaky and grumpy if I don't eat chocolate healthy snacks and drink loads regularly grin. I have a few biscuits, almonds and apricots by the bed and tuck in during night feeds.

ImOverHere Wed 15-Jul-09 18:49:22

Happens to me. DS is 5 mths and I feel pretty rough most mornings til I've had my toast and pint of squash. Also, when he wakes in the night I can hardly open my eyes they feel so dry (althought that could be something to do with spending HRS on MN!grin).

I too feel like I can never drink enough an spend an awful lot of time peeing!

fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 19:25:57

I am so glad I'm not the only one. was wondering if I might be diabetic or something blush

PrettyCandles Wed 15-Jul-09 19:28:34

Drink. Every time you feed the baby, have a generous drink of water. I keep a bottle of water with a sports cap by the bed.

fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 20:39:10

I am drinking! So much so I have to actually get up in the night to go to the loo as well as feeding the baby. I'm pretty sure that I'm hydrated due to the correct straw colour blushblush.

oneopinionatedmother Wed 15-Jul-09 20:48:00

must be the sugar thing, you could consider part-weaning (although eating more biscuits yourself certainly has allure as a plan.)

i find the more food i cram into him during the day, the less night feeding i do and the less drained i feel in the morning.

fourlittlefeet Wed 15-Jul-09 22:11:29

cool. he is due to wean but I tried some food last week and have had runny green slimy nappies since so not sure what next really... need to go and visit Aitch's weaning site! will try the biscuit/banana route.

PrettyCandles Wed 15-Jul-09 23:32:28

Maybe you sleep with your mouth open? I never used to until I started having babies. I suppose it must have been the nasal congestion you sometimes get with pregnancy that got me into the habit. I know that if I sleep with my mouth open I dry out and wake the following morning feeling like I am hungover. Sometimes when I'm half-awake I'm aware that my mouth is open. It's much less likely to happen if I sleep on my side than on my back.

Belgrano Thu 16-Jul-09 13:03:03

Yes I totally agree, I used to get that too when I was BF. DC 2 due in 4 days so had forgotten that joy but now you have reminded me! I used to have a box of biscuits by the bed, which helped me get through the night and yes I also felt like I couldn't drink enough and felt tired and scratchy and sore and generally grim every morning. It really takes it out of you. Try to rest as much as you can and BE LAZY all the time. So hard to do though, I know.

cockles Thu 16-Jul-09 13:15:18

Flapjacks by the bed and a good late snack before bed. it does get easier as their growth slows down from 6 months, that was when night sweats stopped for me.

fourlittlefeet Fri 17-Jul-09 21:04:13

I think the mouth open thing is a problem too as I am still quite congested. I actually got 'pregnancy induced rhinitis' this time and had a spray, and still feel quite congested, though it could be hayfever too. Not really sure what I can do to stop sleeping with my mouth open? A mask? Can't really rest as I have a 2 year old as well! The banana did help for the last couple of nights, but just got my period too (sorry if tmi), so that won't have helped matters either. Its the first one since last April so feeling really great today hmm!

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Fri 17-Jul-09 23:09:34

If your nose is blocked, either hold your nostrils closed gently while shaking your head, or hold your breath while walking back and forth.
Do this a few times and the blockage will clear.

According to the Buteyko Breathing method, a 2 inch strip of surgical tape placed vertically and loosely over the mouth will avoid mouth-breathing; sounds mad but it does work as it rouses you when your jaw drops open.
I used to find I'd pulled it off in the morning, but it's worth a try.

fourlittlefeet Sat 18-Jul-09 10:12:25

thank you! will try it (does sound mad though!)

peppapighastakenovermylife Sun 19-Jul-09 21:17:26

oooh! not just me. I feel like I have morning sickness and have been physically sick a few times. I am not sure its a case of eating too little for me but will give it a shot anyway grin

I have done several (negative) pregnancy tests I have felt so rough blush

OurLadyOfPerpetualSupper Sun 19-Jul-09 22:01:57

You might not be eating too little, but you may not be eating the right things - if you make sure you eat protein with every meal, brown carbs and as much green veg as loss, it stabilize your blood sugar and keeps your energy levels steady. A small baked spud before bed stops you climbing the walls when you get up.

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