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The Anxiety I Had While Breastfeeding Is A Real Condition

The Anxiety I Had While Breastfeeding Is A Real Condition

When I had my first child six years ago, I was grateful breastfeeding turned out to be, for the most part, a smooth ride.
After a visit with the hospital lactation consultants, who showed me the best breastfeeding positions and gave me the support I needed, I was on my way, and continued to breastfeed exclusively for the next 12 months.
When my daughter latched on and my milk let down, an intense feeling of anxiety, panic and doom would wash over my entire body.
It was still unsettling, but thankfully, it didn’t affect my ability to breastfeed her for 13 months.
Then one day, I spoke to a lactation consultant and she told me what I had experienced was real and it had a name: D-MER: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex.
In order to make breast milk, dopamine (a hormone and neurotransmitter in the brain linked to feeling pleasure) levels must fall for prolactin (the hormone that helps women produce milk) levels to rise.
In severe cases of D-MER, thoughts of self-injury and suicide may occur, but Macrina Heise stresses these feelings are short-lived.
Symptoms of D-MER usually disappear within three to six months of breastfeeding but severe cases can last beyond the first year.
“There are plenty of mothers who may not have it with their first or second and perhaps will have it with subsequent children,” Macrina Heise says.
Yet breastfeeding is just like anything else that comes with being a parent—some days you feel like super mom while others you have no idea what you’re doing.

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This Breastfeeding Photo Shoot Is Shattering Stereotypes

This Breastfeeding Photo Shoot Is Shattering Stereotypes

Source: thebump.com A month ago, a group of moms got together on a Massachusetts beach for a breastfeeding photo shoot. Like the other breastfeeding shoots we’ve seen, this one featured colorful gowns and a beautiful backdrop. But it’s making waves for something remarkable: every baby involved had Down syndrome. Some babies with Down syndrome face specific nursing challenges. La Leche […]

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Mom Shares Bikini Photo To Highlight Breastfeeding ‘Problem’

Mom Shares Bikini Photo To Highlight Breastfeeding 'Problem'

Source: thebump.com She says that women don’t talk about it enough. You probably learned this when puberty hit, but hormones can do crazy things to your body. And when the glands in your breasts kick into high gear during pregnancy and breastfeeding, they sometimes do so unevenly. This means that some moms can have really uneven breasts, which one mom […]

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Why This Breastfeeding Mom Took These Selfies On The Subway

Why This Breastfeeding Mom Took These Selfies On The Subway

Source: thebump.com Taking public transit during pregnancy is a huge drag. And it doesn’t get much better when you have a baby in tow. But one mom is sharing a particularly negative commuter experience to highlight how we all need to do a better job of supporting nursing moms. Bryony Esther of Essex, England, shared a photo of herself breastfeeding […]

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Lactation Consultant’s Rap Will Teach You How To Breastfeed

Lactation Consultant's Rap Will Teach You How To Breastfeed

Source: thebump.com Aside from the cursory overview you get in the hospital, unless you seek out professional help, no one is really taking the time to teach you how to breastfeed. And while it’s totally natural, it can be anything but instinctual. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Tanefer Camara is here to solve your problems. Introducing—to the best of […]

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Can I Get Pregnant If I’m Exclusively Pumping? Here’s What You Should Know

Can I Get Pregnant If I'm Exclusively Pumping? Here's What You Should Know

Author: Kelly Mullen-McWilliams / Source: Romper If you’re breastfeeding, you may have noticed that you’re not getting your period these days. You may also have heard through the grapevine that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, acting as birth control. But many women aren’t just breastfeeding — they’re pumping, too. Some women are even exclusively pumping. In that case, it makes sense to ask, “Can […]

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