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Why do I lose my appetite when breastfeeding?

When talking about a pregnancy, we always refer more to the set of symptoms and changes women experience during the nine months than to what comes after giving birth. When the baby is born, there is another complex stage in which the mother will have to balance the care of the child with her own recovery. So, for example, she may have to deal with a lack of appetite in the postpartum period.

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Hormones are still rampant

One of the main reasons why many women have no appetite in postpartum is the hormonal revolution their bodies are undergoing. It is true that during pregnancy is when the hormones are most altered and encourage changes in the body. However, it is undeniable that they are also constantly active after giving birth. And that is the result not only of how the body has to deal with the birth of a baby but also of how it then tries to recover its state before the gestation period.

It is precisely because of all this that many women find themselves with little desire to eat. In particular, we can establish that this is due to the increase in gonadotropin and the alteration of progesterone. Exactly both hormones will make those already mothers have little appetite, that soon they feel satiated…

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Adapting to the new life

In the same way, we can’t ignore the fact that almost everyone has their stomach “closed” when they are nervous, when they have worries… And precisely because of this, women in postpartum may have little desire to eat. She will be uneasy about being a mother, she will have to adapt to a new life, she will spend the day looking after her baby, she will not be able to sleep as many hours as before the pregnancy…

Desire to recover the silhouette as soon as possible

Of course, we must not forget that many women already during the gestation period are clear that they will do everything in their power to recover their silhouette as soon as they give birth. It’s precisely this idea that makes them feel like they have little appetite when they have their babies. A situation that is the result of all the causes already mentioned and of the fact that, unconsciously, they set themselves the goal of getting back into shape.

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Postpartum depression

In the same way, we can’t forget that there are many new mothers who are not hungry due to a much more serious circumstance than those already mentioned. Specifically, they experience this lack of appetite as one more of the symptoms associated with the so-called postpartum depression.

Specifically, this lack of desire to eat is associated, in this particular case, with other signs such as irritability, the feeling of constant sadness, the feeling of guilt, the lack of interest in activities of all kinds…

Recovering your appetite after childbirth

In addition to knowing who is responsible for the lack of appetite in the postpartum period, it is also necessary to know what measures can be taken to end it. In fact, the most effective are the following:

  • It is considered that women should begin to exercise regularly, since this will increase their desire to eat.
  • It is important that she drinks between 1.5 and 2 liters of water per day.
  • She should choose to eat foods that are healthy and not “heavy” as would be the case with fruit or vegetables, for example.
  • In the same way, it is indicated that it is important that the female does not spend much time without eating anything. That is to say, the ideal is that every two or three hours she eats some food instead of making three meals a day and forceful.
  • It is also important to avoid very spicy dishes, which will be heavy on the stomach and therefore will make you skip a meal, as well as drinks with a lot of gas. The latter will contribute to take away your hunger.

Broadly speaking, these are the main facts to keep in mind regarding the lack of appetite during breastfeeding and postpartum.

How do I know I'm eating a healthy diet, as a breastfeeding mom?

You simply have to try to fulfill these points:

  • At every main meal: fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Daily: olive oil and no more than 4 servings of dairy (preferably skimmed) per day
  • From 3 to 5 times/week: legumes (lentils, chickpeas, etc.) and nuts
  • 2-3 times/week: fish, eggs or chicken.
  • Maximum 3 times/week: meat (beef, lamb, pork and sausages in general)
  • Sporadically: candy, sodas, cakes…

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