Feeling sick while breastfeeding

Chelsea - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Ever since I had my son two weeks ago, i feel sick all the time. It's not really a horrible nausea it's a loss of appitite and a kind of achy feeling in my stomach, and whenever I breast feeds its gets a little worse. Is it just my hormones trying to get back into wack or should I call my doctor about it? I really can't find the desire to eat myself let alone produce enough milk for him thats healthy because of me not eating properly. so right now he's on formula and the breast.

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Crystal - posted on 04/27/2009

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i was thinking the same thing as everyone else. dehydration...i carried a cooler and bottled water every where i went because i would get so dehydrated i would start feeling the same way. also, have your obgyn do lab work so he can check your thyroid, sugars, etc.

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Is it possible that you're dehydrated? That can cause a stomach ache and nausea, and you really need to up your water intake while breastfeeding. I had such a hard time stopping to eat myself during the first few weeks after my son was born - especially the day or so after my parents left town and my husband went back to work. You need to make that a priority, even if you aren't feeling very hungry. The good news is that your diet hardly affects the quality milk you produce, only the quantity - you just need to eat/drink something so that you can stay healthy.

Chelsea - posted on 04/27/2009

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it's not my uterus contracting i know what that feels like. it's a completely different nausea. it makes me wanna puke.

Julia - posted on 04/27/2009

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i found that i felt slightly sick while breastfeeding also, having a drink of cold water before you feed helps lots

Carolann - posted on 04/27/2009

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I was going to write pretty much the exact response as the last person who responded to your question, so that makes two moms who agree with your solution to your circumstances :) Good luck and feel better:)

Deidre - posted on 04/27/2009

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The achy feeling in your stomach can be your stomach muscles contracting to tighten up your uterus. This happens anytime you breastfeed esp at the beginning which is when it can be most painful. It's the same concept of when you're in the hospital and they push on your tummy to make sure things are doing what they should be doing (or at least, they pushed on my tummy after my c/section). It is definitely best to contact your ob/gyn to see what they have to say. And definitely make sure you eat healthy as it will make you feel better and improve your mood, along with make your mommy milk the best it can be :)

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