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Anxiety and breastfeeding?

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:29 pm
by Lilone93
Hi mummas
I'm 34 weeks pregnant and suffer with anxiety which has become worse since being pregnant. I so desperately want to breastfeed my baby and im worried my anxiety is going to affect milk supply as I've read stress can? Some family members think breastfeeding is "wierd" which is also making me more anxious to be around them In the early days. Just wanting to know if any of you have successfully breastfed your baby with anxiety or through an extremely stressful time of your life?
Thanks mummas xXxX

Re: Anxiety and breastfeeding?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 4:45 am
by Nedsmum
Yes...absolutely.... I don't think it's really 'true' - more like an 'old wives tale'. Do you have a good support plan / treatment ? I found pregnancy hormones were pretty bad for my mental health...and breastfeeding ones were much calmer... but sleep deprivation and sleep disturbance was much worse.. is this your first pregnancy/birth ?

Re: Anxiety and breastfeeding?

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 10:05 pm
by Esther
I’ve tended to oversupply with all 3 of my kids and have been on anti-anxiety medication while breastfeeding for part of that time. Once your milk supply is established, it takes quite a bit to knock it out - breastfeeding is a pretty robust process, or I doubt the human race would have survived this long!

Can your family elaborate of why they think breastfeeding is “weird”? Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a human baby - it’s useful and normal. Perhaps if you’re able to get in touch with your local ABA group (you can find out details on main website), you and members of your family can go to a meeting to see how normal and unexciting it all is. Family support can be a big help with successful breastfeeding, so good to get them on your side now. We also run breastfeeding education classes that you can attend with your support person before bub arrives. Lots of info!

Good luck :-)