What you need to know about your sex life after having a baby
6 Ways Sex Changes When You’re Breastfeeding
Thanks to the hormonal changes caused by breastfeeding, you may notice your than normal. Here's why: When you're nursing, your pituitary gland produces bursts of prolactin, a hormone that stimulates your breasts to make milk, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., ob-gyn, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale Medical School. But prolactin also impacts the production of other hormones from the pituitary gland, like estrogen. And without that estrogen, your vagina becomes parched (kind of like it does during menopause), she says.
That's where lube comes in, says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., ob-gyn, assistant clinical professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. If that doesn't seem to be doing the trick, you can also talk to your doctor about taking vaginal estrogen in tablet or cream form.
The boost in oxytocin and prolactin coupled with the physical act of breastfeeding may meet your quota for affection, meaning any love coming from your baby daddy just feels like too much, says O'Reilly. That being said, it's important for your relationship that you make the time for bae (in addition to baby), she says.
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You can start by making an effort to have one-on-one time together, even if it's just for an hour, says Leah Millheiser, M.D., ob-gyn, director of the female sexual medicine program at Stanford University School of Medicine. We're not saying you need to force sex. Just talking about how you're feeling, holding hands, cuddling, kissing, or maybe having oral sex is enough, she says.
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