How Might Breastfeeding Affect a Woman’s Sex Life?

When a woman is breastfeeding, she might develop some sexual difficulties, which may be related to hormonal factors, physical discomfort, fatigue, psychological factors or a combination of all the above.

Usually, such issues are temporary and can be addressed.

Some of the sexual issues breastfeeding women may face include the following:

What can you do about sexual issues while you’re breastfeeding? Here are some suggestions:

Resources

TheBump.com

Pevzner, Holly

“8 Ways Breastfeeding Can Affect Your Sex Life and What to Do About It”

(March 2019)

https://www.thebump.com/a/breastfeeding-interfering-with-sex-life

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“Why do some breastfeeding women experience pain during sex?”

https://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/why-do-some-breastfeeding-women-experience-pain-during-sex/

Sexual Medicine Society of North America 

“Women’s Sexual Health After Childbirth”

https://www.sexhealthmatters.org/did-you-know/womens-sexual-health-after-childbirth

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