Originally Posted by DesertMommy
Does anyone think it could be stress related? I am super sensitive to stress. I stop ovulating the second I feel stressed. (even a minor argument or a late fee on a bill or something)
In this case, with these lactating moms- stressors: a new baby, a bad diet, unsupportive fast-paced society, financial issues, faced with going back to work shortly, short or non-existent baby-mooning period which was so common for our ancestors, all of these are such common stressors for moms now days, and we probably all handle this stuff differently. I bet lots of moms are so stressed out their bodies react accordingly. What do you all think about this idea?
I think this is a huge thing that is ignored. I suffered from low supply, baby not gaining, used lactation specialists, midwives and doulas...SNS, etc...but we were also preparing to leave the country and although I thought I had it all together, I am now not so sure. Once we arrived in our new home, after a month or two, DS stopped taking the supplements and DH decided my supply issue was totally stress related. I was able to
I also had labor issues due to low hormone production that we thought messed with my milk issues as well, which is possible. I grew up with lots of pollutants in a big city and I'm sure my endocrine system is out of wack.
I will say that a lot of the moms who have nursing issues that I have talked to, can get more stressed out by having the issue. My life was CRAZY with supply issues. Besides having a little new baby, I was pumping and nursing constantly. I was lucky to get a 30 minute break. I was constantly reading and obsessing about supplements and diet.
But as a TFer, I would say that I am SURE diet affected my issues. As I change what we eat and eliminate toxins and chemicals from our lives as much as possible, I see so many things change in all of us, including my hormones(PMS is SO much easier). I know my anxiety has decreased eating this way and am eager to see with child #2 how it has affected my supply.
Just a little side note...if you have never had issues nursing, be really careful making assumptions about moms who have. I am JUST as guilty of this as the next person, but I have to remember how crazy having a new wee babe is to begin with and how crazy it feels to realize you are their lifeline. As moms, we all have to make the best decisions for us and our situation. Education is important, but you can never be in another mom's shoes entirely, and you can never know all of the things that influence decisions she makes that may influence her nursing relationship. Sorry if any of that sounds defensive or directed, I assure you, it is not, just something I try to remember...