Breastfeeding has many side effects. You might find yourself feeling extra sleepy while you breastfeed. Is it connected to breastfeeding though? Or are you just a new mom who is a bit sleep deprived? Let’s find out.
Can breastfeeding make me tired?
First of all it is completely normal to feel tired as a post-partum mama. Healing physically and emotionally is a lot of work. So you will most likely feel bouts of tiredness from that- on top of caring for a newborn.
Breastfeeding releases Oxytocin in your brain. The release of oxytocin can cause a relaxed and sleepy feeling- which can cause you to feel more sleepy. It is also common to get that “sleepy” feeling while breastfeeding because of the close nature you are experiencing while caring for and nurturing your baby.
If you find yourself getting sleepy consider doing something to keep you awake. Some women keep water by their side to drink to stay alert, or you could eat a snack, scroll on your phone, play a game, or watch tv.
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Katie Clark is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has helped thousands of mothers and families around the globe navigate breastfeeding challenges and questions since 2015. She has a passion for creating research-based, helpful breastfeeding education and helping parents find a way to make breastfeeding work for them. Katie is a mom of three little boys and lives in the great state of Colorado. She also has a degree in Communications with an emphasis in print journalism.