The day you get pregnant, you starts to feel some weird changes in your body. After delivery you expect your body to go back to normal but that is never the case. Your body gets even more weird after you have delivered. The postpartum hormones are crazy and they make you feel the same way. The over whelming feeling and the extreme mismanagement of things are all because of those bizarre hormones.
Many women get shocked to notice their postpartum bodies. They don’t like their increased sizes, they are not comfortable with their lost sex drive. So, it’s better to be prepared than to be shocked. When you know what to expect while you breastfeed, it becomes a little easier for you to manage the changes. Let’s have a look at how your bodies change when you start breastfeeding.
You Will Be The New Hungry Monster In The House
Yes, you should leave the thought of dieting till the time you are breastfeeding. Your body requires extra calories to make the very precious breastmilk for your little one. You will feel hungry almost all throughout the day. While you would want to eat everything you can imagine, make sure that you don’t eat unhealthy because what ever you are eating, your baby is drinking.
Overly Dramatic Boobs
All women find it weird when their nipples don’t settle even for a single minute of the day. They become sore and chapped because the experience of breastfeeding is new for them too. Sometimes, the position of breastfeeding is also related to the always revolting nipples. Along with the erect nipple, you will also notice that your breasts have become even more fuller than what you had in pregnancy. While many women enjoy their sexier breasts, some start to feel the strain in the shoulders because of all the extra weight. Most probably, they go back to their normal size, almost six to eight months after you stop breastfeeding your child.
Overflowing Tank of Milk
Not everyone is aware of the fact that during breastfeeding a woman’s body releases oxytocin. This hormone is released when you hear your baby’s cry or when he starts to suck. In many women just the thought of their baby, triggers the release of this hormone and they face the let down. This let down reflex can be triggered at any point of time and would eventually wear off as your baby grows.
You Will Loose Inches
Many women expect the weight loss to happen it overnight but it is a fact that the baby is not feeding on your fat, he is taking the milk. The body might use your fat stores to provide him the milk but it will not necessarily lead to a drop in your pounds. You might however notice a change in inches. Don’t stress yourself if you don’t feel a little light after breastfeeding for a few months. Every woman’s body is different and you should never restrict your diet to loose weight because it might hamper your child’s growth.
Frequent Cramps In Your Belly
Those cramps definitely mean that your body is trying to put the uterus back in it’s original size and place. The theory is called involution and a woman’s uterus cramps as it shrinks it’s size. There are some women who feel the cramps while they breast feed. It’s because the hormones released during breastfeeding lead to those cramps. They are not permanent and you will only experience them for a few initial weeks of breastfeeding.
Your Body Is Making The Miracle Potion
Do you know that your breastmilk changes according to the age of your baby? Or were you aware of the fact that your milk has two portions, the fore milk and the hind milk/ The fore milk is watery and it curbs the thirst of a baby and the hind milk contains all the nutrition. That is why the doctors advise to empty a breast before moving on to the other one. You also pass on the anti bodies of every single sickness you have had since your childhood. Your baby’s immunity is getting better with each sip. You are blessed enough to make this miracle growth potion for your baby and it gives your baby everything from the nutrition to the anti bodies to WBC’s.