Has anyone else experienced breastfeeding related hypoglycemia?

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm now nursing my fourth child, and like the past three, I get to a certain point and BAM! My health falls to pieces. Lethargy, insomnia, heart palipitations, rage, exercise intolerance, night sweats, sugar/chocolate cravings, brain fog and more. In short, Hypoglycemia. I've researched the connection between progesterone and healthy blood sugar. And of course, when I'm nursing my ovaries are not making progesterone. Which is why with my last four kids, I always caved and weened them (what good is their health if I'm dead of diabetes before I meet the grandkids?) But my fourth kid has a dairy intolerance, so I REALLY want to keep nursing. Suggestions anyone? Or even just someone else who has been through this would be nice to hear from.

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User - posted on 01/31/2012

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I have had the same problem and have finally came to the bottom of it recently. Nursing for awhile uses up your chromium and manganese levels. Which causes hypoglycemia in nursing mothers. You will probibly need a bit of vit K too. Hope this helps

Kcurti2 - posted on 03/30/2015

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I have felt like this nursing both of my kiddos. Now on the 2nd kid I am nursing at 5 months old and I have hand tremors, foggy brain, mood swings, lethargy, and incidents where I have tunnel vision. I am also gaining weight and eating like 3 grown men. I had Hyperemesis Gravidarium both times while pregnant. I lost so many nutrients while pregnant I guess my body is still trying to catch up on top of producing milk. Not sure if the dr can prescribe anything? Im taking vitamins. OH and my hair is falling out! (not all of it but a good bit... thank goodness I was blessed with thick hair)

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2011

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I should point out this only happens later. My first hit at nine months, and I weened at 14 mo, second I weened 11mo, third I made it to 20mo, but it was 10mo of hell (the lack of progesterone seemed to give me hypothyroidism, even though my thyroid has always tested fine.) The fourth is 15mo, and I've been rotten for 5mo.

Rachel - posted on 03/05/2015

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Ally- I'm so sorry. Believe me, I know how awful it is. What worked for me was getting a new doctor- one who believes in bioidentical hormone replacement. I have been seeing him for years, and with minor tweaking I have been consistently fabulous. That said, I am also no longer nursing- so I assume that has helped. But he took a symptom based approach while still looking at the long term picture- without dwelling too much on what textbooks call normal bloodwork. Teeny tiny doses of desiccated thyroid showed amazing changes in my energy levels (among other interventions he has done over the years). I wish Icould tell you one thing that worked, but its been a constant balance. I feel awesome though. This too can pass. Best wishes.

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Ally - posted on 03/05/2015

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Thank you Rachel! I'm working with a new functional Dr, and getting some new tests done next week. I appreciate your help and will bring this up to her.

Ally - posted on 03/05/2015

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I know this is an old post, but was wondering what helped you feel better. I'm still nursing my 14 month old several times a day and have had similar symptoms since 11 months..numbness, hypoglycemic episodes, brain fog, heart palps, anxiety, low core temp, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, etc. I'm desperate for any help as my drs tell me I'm tired and stressed....ugh. Thank you!

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