Many new moms fear that breastfeeding will reduce their sexual drive. Are these fears warranted? Are their reasons to worry really authentic? Well, the truth is breastfeeding may affect your sexual drive but only for a limited period of time.
You can be assured that the decreased in libido will not last long. And it is only a matter of time before you recover from your lack of interest in sex. As such, if you are contemplating abandoning breastfeeding just because of this reason, then your decision is totally based on false and exaggerated alarms. The benefits of breastfeeding are too big to compromise for such insignificant reason.
Now let’s find out how breastfeeding reduces sexual drive, or rather the causes of reduced sexual drive in breastfeeding women. Well, there are two main reasons for why breastfeeding women have disinterest in sex. One has to do with the physical exhaustion which is normally experience by all new moms but is more so in breastfeeding moms. The second reason can be traced to the ways in which certain hormones behave during breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and childbirth can take a heavy of your body. The exhaustion and stress of childbirth is further aggravated by the challenge of being a new mom. Again, the physical stress is more in women who breastfeed their babies. You may wake up in the middle of the night just to breastfeed your baby. Constant breastfeeding may tire you easily. On top of all these, lack of sleep adds to your physical exhaustion.
In such a scenario, your sexual drive is bound to fall. The only thing that is in your mind when you are in bed may be to get few hours of good sleep. Stress hormones and physical exhaustion thus interfere with your sexual desire.
Again, in women who breastfeed, ovulation is suppressed for a longer time. Your menstrual cycle should resume after about three months after childbirth. In breastfeeding women, the resumption of menstrual cycle after childbirth may take longer. This also means the production of estrogen is less thus causing vaginal dryness and decreased libido.
But you should remember that this is only a passing phase and is temporary and things will return to normal in quick time.