Other causes of tiredness when breastfeeding
Oxytocin isn’t the only thing that can have you feeling sleepy. There are many other factors that can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling tired, if not completely exhausted.
Lack of sleep
A full night’s sleep can feel like an unimaginable luxury, particularly during the first few weeks when your newborn baby needs feeding every few hours. An uninterrupted eight hours might not be on the cards, but don’t be afraid to ask your partner to help out during the night and give you more time to rest.
When breastfeeding, especially for the first time, you might find yourself worrying about how you’re doing. Are you producing enough milk? Is your baby getting enough nutrition? But this worrying can actually have a negative effect on your breast milk flow. Remember: it can take a while for your milk flow to start up. As long as your baby is alert, active and filling about six diapers a day, you’re on the right track.
Another possible cause of tiredness during breastfeeding is dealing with a breast infection, also known as mastitis. It’s caused by a backup of milk in the milk ducts, and can result in swollen, inflamed breasts. If you think you may be suffering from mastitis, consult your doctor for confirmation and advice on how to treat it.