Join Date: Oct 2003
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Oh heavens, insomnia is absolutely miserable!! I really don't think there's anything worse!
I had horrible insomnia while bf'ing my son. And you're right - I had read that the prolactin can indeed interfere with sleep cycles, especially if you're prone to insomnia anyway, as I am.
What worked for me was to take 2 mg melatonin at bedtime, and drink valerian root tea. I also occasionally was desperate enough to take a benedryl at bedtime. I never got a lot of restful sleep, but I was too nervous to try any more "potent" medications.
When DS weaned, yes I was eventually able to sleep again, and it was wonderful! I think it was a month or two after weaning before my sleep cycles regulated again.
FWIW, my 2nd child, DD, is 19 mos and still bf'ing, and I don't have NEARLY as bad insomnia with her! I don't know what the difference is, really. It could just very well be that I'm better at "heading the insomnia off at the pass" as it were, and proactively taking more steps to avoid it. I drink calming tea at bedtime, and my husband massages me until I fall asleep, and when I awake in the middle of the night, I've found ways to distract myself from the stress of being awake to fall back asleep. (one of my favorites is that my husband wears a CPAP at night, so I count his breaths backward from 100.)
My thoughts are with you, Mama. Insomnia is the absolute worst!!!!