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Old 06-28-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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Is breastfeeding relaxing, like really really relaxing, to anyone else? When people talked to me about BFing, especially in the early newborn days they always talked about sore nips, latching issues, engorgement, supply issues, etc. No one mentioned it being relaxing or soothing to BF a newborn. However I find it very relaxing, I can literally feel all the tension run out of my body when dd nurses. It's amazing and no one ever mentioned it to me, am I the only weirdo that finds it so soothing, especially since dd is only 5 days old?

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I think your body releases some hormone that makes you sleepy when you're nursing. Really--after we got over the soreness and owies from establishing bf, it always made me sleepy!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:39 PM   #3
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Awww!! Your baby is just 5 days old, congratulations!

Enjoy the relaxation while it lasts!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yes it was very calming and pleasing to nurse a tiny one. I had that feeling probably for 6months. I remember right before I letdown, I would experience a wave of contentedness. It's hard to describe, but I think it's natures' way of helping the new mom to relax. (disclaimer: I still had sore n*pples for a couple of weeks, so it wasn't all peaches and cream, lol!) Enjoy your baby!
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:49 PM   #5
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I try to tell people my story of loving breastfeeding from day 1, but there aren't too many people like me. I did find it very relaxing and calming, and had 0 pain or other issues.
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Breastfeeding always gave me that feeling, even when things weren't going perfectly, although I've never had any real problems, its just not always easy.
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Old 06-29-2008, 02:36 AM   #7
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DS #2 is 19 months old and I still get very sleepy sometimes when he's nursing. When he was a teensy weensy baby like yours, nursing would almost put me to sleep. I had the baby blues pretty bad (went away at around 2 weeks), and nursing always lifted my mood and calmed me. Awesome hormones, just awesome. I believe that nursing releases oxytocin and it's the oxytocin that triggers serotonin in your brain. Enjoy it!
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I so LOVE the oxytocin/serotin rush from BFing a NB/infant. Mine were so intense they would frequently make me fall asleep. Definately enjoy it mama!
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:47 AM   #9
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My DS is 2 months old and I still find it very soothing. I enjoy being very close to him and I love it when he looks lovingly into my eyes. It may not put me to sleep anymore but its quite relaxing to live in the moment and soak it up. I <3 breastfeeding with a passion!
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I really didn't expect it either. My DS will be three weeks on Monday and I have enjoyed nursing him from day 1. I get so relaxed when I BF that I go right to sleep afterward. It's a struggle for me to wake up after.
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