Anxiety during breastfeeding

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Look up D-MER! Dysphoric milk ejection reflex. You are not alone. I have it and have found others that have it but never knew it was a thing. Unfortunately, not much can be done about it but awareness has changed everything for me. My baby is 9.5 months old and it seems to be subsiding.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t have D-MER, but breastfeeding is super difficult, much harder than most people talk about- so thank you for bringing this up!  Do you have a good lactation consultant? ( I’ve had a whole slew of breastfeeding problems and my LC has been super helpful every time. )

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

lovepuppies978 :  That sucks, even the most zealous lactavists shouldn’t be judgemental about a medical need, it’s not helpful or very empowering for a new mom! I’ve been fortunate that my LC has been really good and even suggested I supplement and/or pump when I had really bad nipple damage.  I also found a breast feeding support group that I liked (just went a few times, but it was helpful!) I don’t know if there’s one of those where you are though.  Also my Ob/gyn has been helpful with regards to some breasfeeding issues.

Is the anxiety better/worse at certain times of the day? (I know that hormones associated with breastfeeding have some day v night differences) Have you noticed any other patterns?     

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Can you try something to ease the anxiety while you pump/feed? Like watching a video of the ocean with sea sounds? Or doing breathing exercises during? Or aromatherapy? (lavender essential oil on your chest is soothing to mom and baby). I think it might help.

I am an anxiety sufferer myself, so I relate. I dont have anxiety from bfing, but I had a terrible time with the pump and pumping didn’t work for me, so I just breastfed. The first few months of your breastfeeding journey can be tough and no one prepares you for that! In my experience it got a lot easier after 3mos, but it was a long 3 mos of trial and error. Honor your body and put your health first. Hugs!!!

Post # 7
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Worker bee

I also struggled with D-MER and experienced intense feelings of sadness every time I breastfed. Luckily, it went away when my daughter was about 2 months old. She’s 13 weeks now and breastfeeding is so much easier. Hopefully yours goes away as quickly as mine did!

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