Dizziness and breastfeeding

Anna - posted on 07/30/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else had a problem with dizziness after breastfeeding?

My daughter is 3 months and I am breastfeeding in the evening and pumping during the day at work. The last 2 weeks I have been getting dizzy at different times during the day. I can be sitting down at the time. I have checked my blood pressure and it is fine. I have also been starving all the time. I wondered if the two things could be related.

Any suggestions?

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Sonia - posted on 09/22/2013

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Hi,

Regarding the dizziness. Regularly (non pregnant or nursing) I suffer from Vertigo very rarely. When I do get vertigo (non pregnant or nursing) I took magnesium supplements and it usually went away very quickly.

However, I recently began feeling seriously dizzy (room spinning- eye shifting dizzy- without nausea). My baby is 7 months old and we are exclusively breastfeeding. I looked all over the internet for an answer and it seems that many Mom's are having this unexplained dizzyness. Its so horrible, the only thing that helped was just lying in bed with my eyes closed. I also had extreme fatigue and a low milk supply. I felt like there was no hope. I didn't have anemia or diagnosed vertigo or an inner ear infection either. It seems that as usual the doctors had no idea what was wrong. I just wanted some relief and to feel better.

While frantically searching for an answer I came across an article that discussed B12 levels in nursing women. They said that low levels of B12 can cause anemic like symptoms (dizzyness, fatigue low milk supply, etc.). Long story short, I ran to whole foods and got sublingual B12 500mcg. After the first dose I felt my energy returning after the 2nd dose my dizziness was relieved and after the first two days completely gone! And as an added bonus my little one must have been feeling the benefits of this supplement because she slept peacefully. The article also discussed that with nursing mothers who may be deficient in B12, the baby has a hard time producing melatonin thus effecting their ability to sleep soundly.

So, who would have thought that I had a B12 deficiency?! It didn't come up on the blood tests. This might not be the case for everyone- but I wanted to post it for some of you moms who are dizzy and have absolutely no idea why. Hope this helps and feel better soon!

Leandra - posted on 08/01/2012

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Are you getting enough water? Sometimes when you body really wants water it will feel as if you are hungry. Try drinking some water before, during and after you pump/feed.

Continue taking your prenatals until you are done breastfeeding.

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Shannon - posted on 08/01/2012

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Like Lori said, you still need to take in extra calories while breatsfeeding. I ate just as much, if not more, when I was nursing. I also found myself very thirsty and drank more than usual.
Try packing snacks with you to work, like peanut butter crackers, protein bars, yogurt.
Also know that you have to watch what you eat, just like when you were pregnant. I also found out the hard way that my little one didn't like spicy food. So, when I decided to eat mexican, I would pump and dump.
Glad to know there are woman out there still nursing!

Deepu - posted on 07/30/2012

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Anna,

You mentioned in your post that you have been starving and that is the reason you are feeling dizzy.please have regular meals and drink plenty of liquids. Like lori mentioned, include iron and calcium tabs into your diet

Lori - posted on 07/30/2012

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It could be related to feeling hungry. I found it odd that when my first daughter was born, I had more food cravings the first few months of breastfeeding than I'd had during the entire pregnancy. But if you think about it: You are still completely nourishing a baby who is constantly growing. When pregnant you need about 300 additional calories. When breastfeeding you need about 500 additional calories.

Also, have you been tested for anemia? Low iron can cause dizziness. If you lost a lot of blood during delivery you could certainly be anemic. You could add an iron supplement to your diet, or just try to make sure to eat lots of iron rich foods like spinach. When you are breastfeeding, if your body gives first to your baby. So if you're low on a certain vitamin or mineral, your baby will still get what you have, and will be even less left for you. That's why it's so important to eat well when you're breastfeeding. I continued taking prenatal vitamins for 1 year after each of my babies were born on my Dr's advice once they knew I was breastfeeding.

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