breast-feeding may affect your sexual desire.
Exhaustion, breast soreness, your baby's demands, and recovery from childbirth
may decrease your interest in intimacy with your partner. But you may feel
more comfortable having sex after the baby is born. Each woman's experience is
You can help restore a sexual relationship with your partner by
anticipating the physical effects of breast-feeding.
When you are sexually aroused, milk may leak or
flow from your breasts. If you find this bothersome, have towels handy or take
other measures to prepare.
You also may experience vaginal dryness
from an increased production of
prolactin. If this becomes a problem, vaginal
lubricants are available to provide moisture. Birth control pills that contain
very low doses of estrogen may be helpful after the first few months.
Some women notice that they become aroused during breast-feeding.
Although this sensation is similar to a sexual response, it is not sexually
driven. It is your body's way of preparing the breast for breast-feeding. Do
not worry or be ashamed if this happens to you.
Talk with your partner about your feelings, concerns, and
expectations. Also, rest whenever possible. Try to set up a time for the two
of you to reconnect emotionally and physically.
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