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Lack of appetite when breastfeeding?

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crazypenguinlady Wed 08-Mar-17 20:41:41

Sorry wasn't sure where to post this. DS1 is 8 days old. He was in SCBU for the first few days of his life but is better now (chest infection ) as a result, breastfeeding was strongly encouraged. He's a natural and we established latching etc within a few days. All going well so far except I have zero appetite. I don't really want to eat except for snacks, toast, etc. I know I need to eat to keep my strength up while breastfeeding and I have very low iron. Is it normal to have no appetite? Will it improve?

ElspethFlashman Wed 08-Mar-17 20:45:34

Oh yes I had this. I had everyone banging on at me to eat but I wasn't remotely hungry. I drank lots of milky tea and didn't seem to need much else.

Though obviously I had the common sense to at least eat a sandwich at mealtimes as I knew my body needed fuel.

But it passed and my appetite did go back to normal.

christinarossetti Wed 08-Mar-17 20:50:35

I had this with all of my babies. I think it's stress/anxiety/hormones. Maybe they affect people in different ways because I never really felt 'ravenous' when bf-ing.

Keep your fluid intake up, keep snacking and get some Spatone for iron.

CobsAhoy Wed 08-Mar-17 21:00:20

I had this at first, it came back at about 5ish weeks I think, I presumed it's because you are psychologically and physically in shock after labour and the first few weeks of having a baby! Congratulations on your new baby!

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