Thank you for creating this page. I went to the OB/GYN office because of sex being so painful after having my daughter. I had had a C-section, so I was NOT expecting sexual problems.
However, I found sex to be very painful & found that I'm having problems with dryness. The nurse practitioner at the OB/GYN office had never heard of breastfeeding moms having discomfort during sex!
However, my own web research has turned up a number of sources explaining that the hormonal changes caused by breastfeeding can cause low sex drive, dryness, extra sensitivity/discomfort, etc.
It's hard to continue breastfeeding knowing that if I stopped, my relationship with my husband might actually go back to normal. But there are so many health benefits for my baby that I'm going to try to keep breastfeeding until my daughter is 6-9 months old. I don't think I'm going to make it for a full year.
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Low Sex Drive From Breastfeeding...
It's just amazing that a nurse at the OB/GYN can be so uninformed! I bet she hadn't had any children of her own.
I'm glad you didn't give up and searched for more information. And it sure is something people don't talk about and don't make an expecting mom (and dad) prepared for!
To give you a little bit of hope, once your baby starts eating more and more solids, it might just be that your sex drive improves as well as the dryness - even without weaning from breastfeeding.
And do remember to show your husband all the information about how crazy hormones get from breastfeeding, so that he understands what's going on.