Why do I feel weird about breastfeeding?

Why does breastfeeding make me feel weird?

When women breastfeed, dopamine (a hormone associated with reward) levels decrease for prolactin (milk producing hormone) levels to rise. Heise suggests that, for some women, dopamine drops excessively, and the resulting deficit causes a range of symptoms, including anxiety, anger and self-loathing.

Is it normal to be disgusted by breastfeeding?

Apparently it’s quite common, but no-one really talks about it. It’s not easy to admit that feeding your child makes you cringe. As I’ve been nursing I’ve tried to analyse why I experience such disgust and I think it might be tied up with being totally touched out, but also with sexual feelings.

Is breastfeeding a weird feeling?

It’s often described as a feeling of relief, especially if your breasts are full. Some women say that breastfeeding feels like a tingling, warm feeling in the breast, especially at the moment of the milk let-down reflex that begins the flow. The sucking feels like a gentle tugging sensation.

What is Dmer?

Differential diagnosis. Postpartum depression, dislike of breastfeeding. Dysphoric milk ejection reflex (D-MER) is a condition where women who breastfeed develop negative emotions that begin just before the milk ejection reflex and last less than a few minutes.

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What is Dmer in breastfeeding?

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) is an abrupt emotional “drop” that occurs in some women just before milk release and continues for not more than a few minutes. The brief negative feelings range in severity from wistfulness to self-loathing, and appear to have a physiological cause.

Why do babies get angry when breastfeeding?

When your baby is having trouble managing your flow, they will often cry in protest. The milk may be coming out so quickly and abundantly — sometimes spraying down their throat — and they may not be able to coordinate breathing and suckling, which can make them quite upset.

Why do I feel nauseous when I breastfeed?

Nausea that occurs with the milk let-down may be related to the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone that causes the milk ejection reflex (MER or let-down), and it also helps make digestion more efficient and is associated with other gut hormones that can cause nausea.

What does a nursing strike look like?

Babies who are entering a nursing strike typically refuse the breast but seem unhappy, fussy and displeased by not nursing. While your baby probably sometimes becomes distracted at the breast, pulling away or rooting in the middle of a feed is not indicative of a nursing strike, rather they’re just distracted.

Why is it so difficult to breastfeed?

Some may have issues with getting a deep latch. Some may struggle with the intensity of their baby’s needs. Some may struggle with a sick baby, birth complications or a baby who isn’t latching at all. Others may struggle with family pressures to allow others to feed.

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Is it bad to get angry while breastfeeding?

A mother’s milk will go bad if it stays in her breast or if she gets scared or angry. Human milk is always fresh and cannot spoil in the breast. Feelings cannot change the composition of human milk. If a mother is upset, her milk flow may be slower but the milk is fine.