If You Deal With Any of These 4 Things, You May Want to Think Twice Before Breastfeeding
When it comes breastfeeding, it's generally seen as a wonderful experience. Not only does it bring mom and baby closer together in a shared bond, but it also has some pretty great health benefits and can help you shed some of that baby weight a bit faster. However, it also changes your hormone levels, which can pose a greater risk for those with hormonal conditions.
"Prolactin inhibits other hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, like the rise in levels and decline in estrogen and progesterone, which is why women who are breastfeeding tend to not have their period," Dr. Jennifer Landa, MD, an OBGYN and Chief Medical Officer at BodyLogicMD tells POPSUGAR. "Breastfeeding [basically] throws our bodies into a mini menopause. And we know menopause comes with a lot of negative symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, mood symptoms, vaginal dryness, and more." While it's manageable for most, some women may not be able to handle the complications breastfeeding can bring. If you deal with any of the following conditions, you should speak to your doctor to determine if breastfeeding is the right option for you.