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does breastfeeding make you tired?

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duedec2 Fri 07-Aug-09 15:20:13

and if so, does anyone know why that is? I've hard it said that it takes nutrients - well, obviously it does; but to the mother's detriment? anyone had more energy when they stopped?

SingingBear Fri 07-Aug-09 15:23:02

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HumphreyCobbler Fri 07-Aug-09 15:24:03

It made me sleepy to begin with. Also being up all night makes me tired. How much sleep do you get?

MrsTittleMouse Fri 07-Aug-09 15:27:11

The act itself makes me drowsy - maybe experts here can confirm, but I've heard that it's due to hormone release in the mother and baby. So it helps the baby sleep and ensures that the mother rests.

How that it supposed to work when I have a toddler too I don't know! grin

duedec2 Fri 07-Aug-09 15:31:21

Very little just at the moment! My baby's eight months and I'm only just saying no to night feeds, and pretty gently even then, so it's my fault! But the b'feeding does feel draining at times ... lovely though it is. am not complaining, exactly!

MrsBadger Fri 07-Aug-09 15:42:41

no, having a small baby makes you tired

especially if they are up in the night

bfing can make you sleepy, esp at night - nature's own hormone feedback loop helping both you and the baby get back to sleep

you fulfil the nutrient need by (er) feeling hungrier and eating more.

alittlebitshy Fri 07-Aug-09 15:46:08

singingbear interesting you should say that about energy levels. i am bfing my 12mo and i kepe realised that my energy levels are really low. Maybe when i eventually stop i'll perk up. hmm....

MrsBadger Fri 07-Aug-09 15:47:14

it's not your fault, duedec
it's not a fault issue smile

IMO a <12mo is still perfectly justified in feeding at night

have a look at the No Cry Sleep Solution or Jay Gordon's article for some ideas on how to improve sleep patterns in a non-traumatic (for either of you!) way

duedec2 Fri 07-Aug-09 16:12:18

thank you, all! that Jay Gordon article is excellent - practical and kind (which seems to be too rare a mixture from baby experts)

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