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Insomnia after weaning

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skyR Sun 12-Nov-17 15:10:19


I've recently switched from breastfeeding to formula feeding my 5 month old. If was a fairly quick wean as my baby was refusing the breast.

Since then my sleep has got progressively worse. Some nights I don't sleep at all. I find I drop off for maybe 5 minutes, then wake with heart pounding and sometimes hot and dizzy. I don't feel particularly anxious, its like my body has gone to sleep but my brain's sill awake! It's such a shame as I'm lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps through the night!

I've tried all the standard suggestions (cut out caffeine, more exercise, no screens before bed etc) but none of it seems to help!

Has anyone else been through this or does anyone have any suggestions on what else I could try?

Thanks in advance!

MrsBriteSide Sun 12-Nov-17 16:49:38

I also sort of suffer with this after stopppng breastfeeding so I wonder if it’s a hormone thing. It’s not to the extent that you describe but since weaning DD off the boob I’ve been suffering night sweats again (had them for weeks after the birth). Frustratingly I’ve also been awake for ages while DD is asleep. I’m blaming this on stress around buying a new house. It’s almost as if I’ve become so accustomed to waking up to breastfeed that now she’s only waking up once in the night I still wake up regardless! I’m hoping it all settles down soon. So I’m there in spirit with you! I try to just focus on my breathing and let any thoughts drift away. This helps me get back to sleep. Good luck.

Butimstillhungry Tue 14-Nov-17 11:26:16

I had this with both of my babies, but it was worse with DS2. It started when he started sleeping through at 10 weeks (so frustrating to have a good sleeper but not be able to sleep yourself).

I do think it's a hormone thing and will get better with time, but I think the thing that helped me was taking a magnesium supplement. Although it could have just be coincidental that things started to improve then.

It took a couple of months to see real improvement and it did make me very anxious during that time. But he's now 11 months and I'm very much back to my usual good sleeping.

I really feel for you; insomnia is a horrible thing. But it will get better and you will sleep normally again.

skyR Tue 14-Nov-17 13:31:38


Thanks for the advice!

crazycatlady5 Tue 14-Nov-17 14:15:36

I had this a few years ago and I do believe it could be linked to hormones as I hadn’t had children but it happened shortly after I stopped taking the pill (had been taking it about 10 years) so I think my body went nuts! Exactly as you say, I’d have nights of NO sleep and every time I was about to drop off I’d get palpitations and adrenaline pulsing through me. It was very unpleasant so I really feel for you. Keep an eye on it and talk to your doctor if you’re concerned.

mama0got0moves Sat 18-Nov-17 20:37:48

I've had similar symptoms since I had my baby 5 months ago. I had a blood test and found out I have an overactive thyroid. It's very common after having a child and usually settles itself but worth getting checked out as it can swing the other way and that can be more serious I think.

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