Hi, bit of a question that has me a bit perplexed????? My DD has been off her food for the last week, wasn't sure what was making her throw up and not eat. Tried many different things but all she has wanted has been my milk. This has been trying as I was on the path to wean her and had her down to 2 feeds a day and now we are at roughly 8 a day. I originally put this down to seperation anxiety as she has just started daycare, plus a molar is coming through. Soooooo many variable in the mix.
But then I noticed my food wasn't tasting the same and although she didn't have a temp, maybe it was a bug because I started doing the same things.... off my food and the odd bit of nausea.
This morning .... just to rule it out ... did a preg test .... and as you may have guessed it is positive!!!!! Far out!!!!! I am still spinning, excited and nervous, but back to the topic.
Could my hormone changes be affecting my breast milk and giving DD the same symptoms?
(REALLY HOPING whatever she is reacting too passes soon, with soooooo many bf's we are back at the #3's explosions .... ewwwww, haven't missed them!)
Hi, I have not read anyone else's replies but yes, your hormones do get passed into the breastmilk and yes they generally do effect the baby. But the benefits of breastfeeding still outweigh the negatives of the hormones being passed through. I have breastfed during pregnancy 3 times, each time my older children were definitely unsettled and effected. My kids were very young at the time of me falling pregnant, but as they grew to rely more on their food and had regular but small breastfeeds instead of this being their main nutritional source, it improved for us.
The hormones being passed through is what is responsible for the older fashioned belief that you shouldn't breastfeed during pregnancy -- however studies have been done and the hormone levels are considered safe.
The milk also becomes less filling, so feeds will probably increase at least temporarily, as normal supply and demand changes (so milk supply does not necessarily increase when your child feeds more). And, depending on the stage of pregnancy, the milk can also become part-colostrum, thicker and more difficult to drink (and digest?).